Hidden Cyclone rewarded myself and my followers on Saturday with a great win at Gowran Park where he proved four and a quarter lengths too powerful for a good horse in Call The Police.
But it wasn’t the fact that I tipped him, although it helps, as his starting price of 11-10 favourite probably didn’t make any of us rich but it was the manner of his victory that was so highly impressive.
He jumped like a buck, making virtually all, including one of the most impressive jumps I’ve ever seen at the sixth obstacle and came home a comfortable winner in almost glorious isolation.
As I’ve said Call The Police is a decent performer but it will be his next test, probably in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, which will tell us if he is a genuine Cheltenham Gold Cup performer. Our lads cut him to 25-1 from 33 and I think that currently is a very good each-way bet.
his Sunday Fairyhouse hosts a bumper card featuring three Grade 1 events in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle, Drinmore Novices’ Chase and the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and I fancy Noel Meade’s Monksland to land the latter.
This fellow was third to Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival and while I feel he could still be absolutely top class, even if he isn’t there are still plenty of nice races for him to compete in including this one.
He was a comfortable winner of a Grade 2 hurdle on his reappearance at Down Royal and despite the fact that he made a bit of a hash of the last, when he may have been getting a bit tired, he had really motored down the straight like a good one and he’ll take a bit of beating here.
That last race was over two miles and he steps up another half mile here but I feel that can only suit and it could be his best distance. If he wins a couple of Grade 1s over hurdles, Meade might find himself in a hard place come Cheltenham Festival time as the Champion Hurdle over two could be too short, while the World Hurdle over three too far.
But I guess he won’t be worrying too much about that if he picks up a few of these along the way and he has the potential to become one of the best hurdlers in Ireland.
Tony Martin landed last year’s Drinmore with Bog Warrior and I’m hoping he attempts to follow up with Dedigout.
The Bob Back gelding was top-class over hurdles and won his first start over fences very easily at Punchestown earlier in November.
He has reportedly come out of that race very well indeed and the ground should be absolutely fine on Sunday. Funnily enough other than a bumper defeat on his debut, the only other race that he’s ever lost under rules was behind my other selection Monksland in this year’s Slaney Novice Hurdle which could prove the race of the year if both my fancies prevail!
Looking at the footy West Brom are the team in form having won their last four games, including beating Chelsea at home, and I feel they’re a rattling good bet to master Stoke at home on Saturday at odds of 10-11.
Saturday’s win at Sunderland took the Baggies to an amazing third in the Premier League after their best start to a campaign since 1953 although manager Steve Clarke has attempted to keep his players feet on the ground by telling them they’ll consider a European challenge in January.
Stoke haven’t lost in three but I feel that run will come to an end.
Saturday West Brom to beat Stoke
Sunday Fairyhouse 1.35pm Dedigout
Sunday Fairyhouse 2.40pm Monksland