Trainer Shark Hanlon hopes Hidden Cyclone has the necessary improvement in him to take his game to the next level in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.
Not beaten far by Cheltenham Gold Cup ante-post favourite Sir Des Champs at Leopardstown in January, the seven-year-old missed the end of last season with injury but appears to have returned better than ever.
After making a winning return at Naas a month ago, he followed up with a comprehensive defeat of the talented Call The Police at Navan on Sunday and is now set for a step up to Grade One level.
Hanlon said: "He's come out of the race super, he's as fresh as a daisy and all going well he'll go for the Lexus. We're delighted with him at the moment. He's had his two runs back, he's done everything right and his jumping has come right.
"He is still a long way behind a horse like Flemenstar on the ratings, but we're hoping he's still improving. Probably his best performance so far was over two miles and seven (furlongs) in Navan, so three miles won't be a bother to him.
"We'll look forward to the Lexus and we'll certainly know a lot more after that."
Meanwhile, Hanlon is on the lookout for a prospective new owner for impressive point-to-point winner Rare Legend.
The five-year-old won under JT McNamara at Boulta over the weekend and although he has an imminent engagement with the sales ring, Hanlon is desperate for him to stay in the yard for his career under Rules.
Hanlon said: "He is a very nice horse and won his point-to-point on Sunday at Boulta, which is one of the best point tracks in Ireland. He is by Stowaway and I think he's going to be very smart.
"He'll be ready to run under Rules before too long, but he is entered in the sales on Friday. Hopefully someone buys him and keeps him with me as he is a horse I like an awful lot."
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BHA's Brickell at corruption summit
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African chasing Uttoxeter spoils
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