Cyclone out of Festival

  • Last Updated: February 27 2013, 14:08 GMT

Hidden Cyclone may be aimed at the Galway Plate after being taken out of his Cheltenham engagements in the Ryanair Chase and the Byrne Group Plate.

Hidden Cyclone: Will miss the Cheltenham Festival

Trainer John Hanlon had hoped his stable star would develop into a Gold Cup contender earlier in the season but he failed to stay three miles in the Lexus at Christmas.

He then ran a sound race off top weight in a handicap before falling when last of four in the rearranged Red Mills Chase at Navan.

Hanlon said: "He was sore after his fall the last day.

"The ground was very heavy and he just couldn't act in it.

"I'm going to give him a break now, let him get over it properly.

"He'll have about eight to 10 weeks off and I might bring him back in time to get him ready for Galway and the Plate."

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