Hidden Cyclone blows rivals away

Hidden Cyclone put up an admirable display when running his rivals into the ground in the Coral.ie Free Racehorse Ownership With The Coral Champions Club Rated Hurdle at Punchestown.

Hidden Cyclone ridden by Danny Mullins clears the last on the way to winning at Punchestown

Shark Hanlon's evergreen 11-year-old was not for catching as he saw off the opposition in determined fashion.

Danny Mullins let him bowl along in front and he soon poached a 12-length lead.

Rashaan and The Game Changer closed in menacingly after three out, but Hidden Cyclone (7/2) pulled away again to beat the former by two and a quarter lengths.

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Bentelimar was sent off the 2/1 favourite but could never get competitive and was struggling in the rear for most of the race.

Hanlon said: "He's unreal. He's a horse that never lets me down. That's his 16th win and he has been placed 13 times.

"We've had our problems over the years with him, but the lads in the yard do a great job with him.

"Danny was brilliant. He just let him bowl and didn't realise how far he was in front at one stage. He jumped better over hurdles than he's ever done.

"If he'd have jumped like that in the Galway Hurdle he might have won that. That's water under the bridge and maybe we'll win it next year.

"I know he'll be 12 but we went near to winning it this year. Danny said when he came in that this horse is getting better."

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