Cesarewitch an option for Hidden Cyclone

A tilt at the Betfred Cesarewitch is under consideration for Hidden Cyclone following his narrow reverse in the Galway Hurdle.
Cesarewitch an option for Hidden Cyclone

Shark Hanlon’s stable stalwart is best known for his exploits over fences, but ran a fantastic race over timber to finish a close second to the Willie Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior.

Hidden Cyclone is in the twilight of his career at the age of 11, but is two from two on the Flat and Hanlon is eyeing a return to the level at Killarney before a possible appearance at Newmarket on October 8.

Hanlon said: “He’s come out of the race in super form and we’re very happy with him.

“We came home from Galway thrilled and disappointed. He ran a fantastic race, Danny (Mullins) gave him a great ride, but we were disappointed to get beat.

“He’s been a brilliant servant to us, but he’s finished second in a Galway Hurdle, second in a Ryanair Chase and he’s been second in a load of other Grade Ones — he just can’t seem to get his head in front.

“We’ve nothing solid planned for him, but we’re thinking we might run in a winners-of-two Flat race at Killarney at the end of the month.

“He needs to have that third run on the Flat before he gets a mark in England and we’re thinking we might aim him at the Cesarewitch at Newmarket, but that’s just an idea at this stage.

“We’ll take him to Killarney, all going well, see how he gets on there and then make a plan.”

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Breeders’ Cup winner Hit It A Bomb is among 16 possibles for Saturday’s Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.

Not sighted since his victory in the Juvenile Turf at Keeneland due to a setback, he would be a fascinating contender in the seven-furlong heat.

O’Brien has also left in Cougar Mountain, The Happy Prince and Air Vice Marshall.

Last year’s winner Adaay is one of two possibles for Hamdan Al Maktoum along with Chipchase Stakes winner Markaz, who was last seen finishing fifth in the Lennox Stakes but he is not a definite runner.

Richard Hannon’s Toormore will have to carry a penalty if he lines up while Home Of The Brave, Jallota and Jeremy Noseda’s filly Nemoralia still in the mix.

Among those taken out of the race were Limato, Don’t Touch and Thikriyaat.

Charlie Appleby believes the Curragh should suit Boynton down to the ground in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on September 11.

The Newmarket handler has earmarked the Group One prize as the next port of call for last month’s Superlative Stakes winner, who lost his unbeaten record after he failed to defy a penalty when third in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Appleby said: “Boynton is going to go for the National Stakes. I think the track will suit him and I am quite happy to take him to Ireland.

“The track slightly beat us at Goodwood and he was unlucky not to get the run he wanted to. I thought it was a good performance.”

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