Cyclone Al storms into town

Big things could be in store for talented galloper Cyclone Al after his ultra-impressive victory at Sandown yesterday.

The colt settled near the rear of the field in the Le Pine Funeral Handicap for three-year-old’s over 1200m before unleashing a punishing sprint to win eased down by two lengths to make third wins in succession.

“I have always had a good opinion of the horse and to produce such a fantastic performance fresh over that distance has us excited for his future,” trainer Danny O’Brien said.

Cyclone Al won his final two starts of his first racing campaign over 1500m and 1800m and O’Brien engaged apprentice jockey Brent Evans for the race to make use of his 1.5kg claim in the restricted 0-68 event.

“He had 58.5kgs so we wanted to give him some weight relief first-up and Brent rode him very well,” the Flemington trainer said.

“We instructed Brent that we wanted the horse to be finishing off the race and that we didn’t want him to be doing any work early from the wide gate.

“Brent summed up the early pace of the race well and he shows experience beyond his years to have the patience to wait for the gap to open in the straight.

Evans was excited by Cyclone Al’s win.

“Given the early pace was solid, I was expecting him to run on well, but to blow them away like he did was very impressive,” Evans said.

O’Brien said he would continue to step up the bar for the son Al Maher if continued his winning ways.

“If he continues to produce performances like yesterday’s he will get an opportunity at some nicer races in the future.”

Cyclone Al has now earned $57,393 from his nine starts which have included three wins and four placings.

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