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Hidden gem to shine in the Clarence House Chase.

HIDDEN Cyclone appeared a slightly unlucky loser at Leopardstown over Christmas but he can gain significant compensation with victory in the Sodexo Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

Shark Hanlon's charge posted a career-best effort when beaten just three-quarters of a length by Benefficient in the Dial-A-Bet Chase, but connections felt he could have won had the winner not crossed him in the closing stages.

Another fine effort this season was his third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, where he was attempting to give the winner Johns Spirit nearly a stone and kept on gallantly having bowled along in front. Hidden Cyclone clearly stays much further than this two-mile-one-furlong trip and with the mud likely to be flying, he will have substantial reserves on which to call.

Mickie can make the transition to Grade Two winnner in the OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle.

The six-year-old is twice a scorer in handicap company this term, rising from a mark of 128 to her current perch of 145.

A previous attempt at this level saw her well beaten by The New One at Warwick last winter but she appears to have made serious progress since that run.

Mickie's lack of a Listed or Graded success so far puts her well in at the weights with some of her leading rivals.

Un Temps Pour Tout grabbed the headlines when changing hands for PS450,000 back in November and he can start to repay a small fraction of that with victory in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock. The five-year-old will be having his first start for David Pipe after last being sighted when third in an Auteuil Grade One event earlier that month.

On what could be a big day for the Pond House team, Gevrey Chambertin gets cracking over fences in the Racing Post Celebrates 200,000 Social Followers Novices' Chase.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 18, 2014
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