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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Navan: Hidden Cyclone blows away Fortria rivals

Posted: 8th Nov 2015

Hidden Cyclone

Hidden Cyclone: recieves a pat from jockey Brian Hayes

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos  

Hidden Cyclone blows away Fortria rivals

Report: Navan, Sunday

thetote.com Fortria Chase (Grade 2) 2m, 5yo+

IN TESTING conditions it was Hidden Cyclone who was still galloping when all around him had cried enough, pulling away to land the Grade 2 Fortria Chase by six and a half lengths.

Special Tiara did as expected and blazed a trail that, on yielding to soft ground, was enough to put plenty in trouble with a mile still to run.

As the field began the turn for home only three remained in contention. Hidden Cyclone had 2012 and 2013 winner Flemenstar for company, with Days Hotel struggling to hold on.

A bad mistake three out by Flemenstar changed the complexion of the race entirely, with the one-time potential superstar fading to third on his first start for Anthony Curran.

Hidden Cyclone was left in front and made hard work of it over the last two fences, looking tired but maintaining a comfortable margin over 8-1 shot Days Hotel to oblige at 3-1.

Trainer 'Shark' Hanlon said: "He is going to improve a lot from that. They all stopped around him and when he got to the front he did nothing. He has really learnt to settle this year and Brian has done a brilliant job on him at home.

"He will probably go for the John Durkan at Punchestown now and then take it from there. I do think he will improve an awful lot from that."

Paddy Power went 16-1 about the ten-year-old for the Ryanair Chase, while Betway inserted him at 33-1 in their Champion Chase market.

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