Hidden Cyclone plans on hold

Plans for Hidden Cyclone are on hold after the 10-year-old sustained a nasty gash on his leg in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Fears that John Hanlon’s stable star had damaged his tendon have proved unfounded but it will be at least a week before connections will be able to make a decision about the horse’s future.

Hopes were high that Hidden Cyclone could run as well in the Ryanair as he did when he was runner-up to Dynaste 12 months ago, but he could only finish sixth behind Uxizandre in Thursday’s renewal.

“He got a gash on his leg. We’re happy enough after he had it scanned and the tendon is OK which is most important,” said County Carlow-based Hanlon.

“He had a right gash on his leg when he came back in. The vets were looking at it down at the bottom of his tendon and we were afraid we were in trouble, but it’s OK.

“Hopefully we’ll see how we are in a week or 10 days and make a plan or see where we go.

“It’s the same leg he got a cut on last year. A horse struck into him or something, I don’t know, but he’s very sore at the minute.

Meanwhile Shay Barry is hoping Bentelimar can bounce back to his best at the Punchestown Festival after a lacklustre effort at Cheltenham.

The six-year-old failed to adapt to his temporary surroundings in Gloucestershire and put in a tame effort when well-beaten in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle won impressively by Douvan.

However, Barry reports his four-times hurdle winner to have recovered from the experience and will give him a break before preparing him for Punchestown, where he has a couple of options.

“He didn’t settle in great and he didn’t eat an awful lot the first two days, but he’s come back and he’s perfect again now,” said the County Waterford trainer.

“We’ll give him an easy time for a couple of a weeks and we might take him to Punchestown hopefully. There’s a couple of races for him there so that’s where we’ll probably go.”

— Gordon Lord Byron finished down the field as Able Friend landed the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin.

The Tom Hogan-trained Gordon Lord Byron was having his first start since finishing fourth in the Hong Kong Sprint at the track last December but he proved no match for the John Moore’s winner.

Able Friend was securing his third successive Group One win in the seven-furlong heat.

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