Hidden Cyclone wins in Thurles

    Hidden Cyclone claimed his second successive Grade 2 win of the season in the Martin Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle in Thurles this afternoon.
    Settled in mid field, Hidden Cyclone travelled well for most of 2m4f race and turning for home the second-favourite looked like winning easily.

    However, two poor jumps and running a little green in front made things harder than they should have been, before he eventually recorded a two and a half length win over Pineau De Re.

    The Willie Mullins-trained favourite Bishopsfurze was the major disappointment of the race. An mistake down the back did not help and he was always struggling to get into the race after that.

    Trainer Shark Hanlon said of Hidden Cyclone, who will miss the big spring festivals: “He was good but his jumping let him down. Andrew [McNamara] said he didn’t like the ups and downs and they didn’t go hard, which didn’t help his jumping.

    “He’s idled in front and I would like him to brush up on his jumping. There is another novice hurdle like this at Navan in three weeks and he could go there to get more experience.”

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