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.

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."