Cyclone set for Punchestown

  • Last Updated: April 24 2014, 15:07 BST

Grade One bridesmaid Hidden Cyclone heads a possible 12 runners in the Champion Chase on Tuesday's opening card for the Punchestown Festival.

Hidden Cyclone: Heads the Champion Chase market
Hidden Cyclone: Heads the Champion Chase market

Sky Bet make Shark Hanlon's gelding, runner-up in the Ryanair as well as top-class events at Leopardstown and Ascot, their 7/2 favourite ahead of 5/1 chances Module, Baily Green and Somersby.

Alan King's novice Balder Succes is still engaged after his victory at Aintree but he is expected to stick to novice company, while former winner Sizing Europe and the David Pipe-trained Cheltenham star Ballynagour is also in the line-up.

Liam Glynn, spokesman for the race sponsors, said: "Hidden Cyclone is by far the best backed horse in the ante-post market having been installed at 5/1 and he remains our biggest liability.

"Twinlight has seen some shrewd each way support and has now halved in price into 8/1 having been installed at 16/1 when the race was priced up just over two weeks ago."

Willie Mullins has the option of the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle for both his Cheltenham heroes Vautour and Faugheen, where Pipe's The Liquidator is the only British entry.

The other Grade One is the Growise Champion Novice Chase, for which Mullins also has a strong potential line-up with Ballycasey, Djakadam, Felix Yonger and Mozoltov are all engaged among the 13.

Pat Fahey's RSA third Morning Assembly, Don Cossack and Carlingford Lough are other notable entries.