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Preview of Naas card on Bank Holiday Monday

Updated: Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 14:42

John 'Shark' Hanlon's promising Hidden Cyclone returns to action
John 'Shark' Hanlon's promising Hidden Cyclone returns to action

Hidden Cyclone gets his season under way in the Murray Spelman Insurance Supporting Kildare GAA Poplar Square Chase at Naas.

Shark Hanlon has long held the belief that his exciting seven-year-old is potential Cheltenham Gold Cup material, so the two-mile distance might be a bit on the sharp side, but main rivals Rathlin and Foildubh are also better suited to further and the race could become tactical.

Mount Benbulben's forte is stamina, but he is another who tackles the minimum distance in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Beginners Chase.

Gordon Elliott has so far been scuppered by the weather when trying to start his smart prospect over fences, and he would be hard pressed to find a more difficult point of return.

Heading the opposition is Dylan Ross, who crashed out on his chasing debut at Roscommon, while Jenari also hit the deck when last seen, but that came when he was still in contention for a Grade One prize over the smaller obstacles at the Punchestown Festival.

Jenari's stablemate Jezki was a slight disappointment on his Flat reappearance, but he should be seen in a better light now he goes jumping in the opening O'Callaghan Hotels Supporting Kildare GAA Maiden Hurdle at 12.55.

Noel Meade's Ally Cascade could provide most resistance, and the trainer should also have high hopes for Texas Jack on his reappearance in the DSM Demolition Supporting Kildare GAA Hurdle.

The Castletown handler takes the wraps off point-to-point winner Mullaghanoe River in the Ben Dunne Gyms Supporting Kildare GAA (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race, and connections shelled out & pound;135,000 for him, so will be hoping for a return sooner rather than later.

His stable companion Leroy Parker attempts to transfer his good Flat form to the Copper Face Jacks Supporting Kildare GAA Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle, while cross-country specialist Sizing Australia makes his comeback in the Joe Mallon Motors Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Hurdle.