Ryanair for Hidden Cyclone
Trainer Shark Hanlon has confirmed that last year's Ryanair Chase runner-up Hidden Cyclone will indeed bid to go one better in that race next week rather than try a tilt at the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.
Hanlon had toyed with the idea of aiming the 10-year-old, who was last seen winning the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase over two-miles, at the Champion Chase but following the defection of last year's winner Dynaste earlier in the campaign and dual Festival winner Cue Card earlier this week, Hanlon has reverted back to the 2m5f Ryanair for which the Gordon Elliott trained Don Cossack is the current favourite.
The Carlow-based trainer said: "There's no Dynaste there this year and with Cue Card pulling out this week, we are heading that way.
"Up to now we were heading towards the Champion Chase but with no Cue Card and the ground drying out, it's likely to be good by Thursday, so we're turning that way."
There were no major surprises following the latest forfeit stages for the first day of the meeting with Annie Power and Un De Sceaux unsurprisingly withdrawn from the Champion Hurdle in which eight remain and they head the OLBG Mares Hurdle and Arkle Novice Chase respectively.
Alongside Jezki, owner JP McManus is set to be represented by Kitten Rock in the Champion Hurdle. To add to his rides on World Hurdle favourite Zarkandar and Gold Cup favourite Silviniaco Conti, Noel Fehily has been booked to ride the five-year-old with regular rider Mark Walsh on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, punters flying to Cheltenham on Ryanair flights to Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands on Monday or Tuesday prior to racing at Cheltenham can avail of a BoyleSports special offer of a €15 matched bet.
Passengers will be handed a voucher while boarding their flight and customers who have a €15 bet on the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle will get a free €15 bet for Cheltenham on Wednesday with €5 of the bet going to charity.
Leon Blanche of BoyleSports said: "We are delighted to be teaming up with Ireland's largest airline and offering their customers the perfect start to the Cheltenham Festival.
"This offer will hopefully help punters get off to a flying start at Prestbury Park and we at BoyleSports wish Mr O'Leary's, Gigginstown House Stud horses the very best of luck at the festival."