A Supreme Novices’ Hurdle assignment at this year’s Cheltenham Festival is very much on the agenda for Flat hopefuls Tiger Cliff and First Mohican.
National Hunt trainer Alan King has recently taken charge of handling the pair with owner Henry Ponsonby outlining their future plans with entries for the 2m Supreme Novices’ providing the key talking point.
Tiger Cliff has enjoyed a smart career on the Flat, landing last season’s Ebor before finishing eighth in the Cesarewitch.
Meanwhile, six-year-old First Mohican is another who has shown promise, winning on four of his nine starts before this transition to the jumps.
And this could be the perfect time to for the Bottisham Heath Stud-owned charge to announce his novice credentials and become the seventh horse of the same age to triumph in the Supreme in the last 12 years.
Both of Ponsonby’s chances have starts in late January or early February pencilled in with the owner upbeat about their chances.
He is quoted as saying: “Both horses have schooled very well. We have no complaints in that department. They are both really enjoying their jumping.
“Tiger Cliff will have entries in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Neptune, and I think First Mohican will only be entered for the Supreme.”
The Phillip Hobbs-trained Garde La Victoire is the current 10/1 favourite for the renewal having seen his three-race winning streak ended when narrowly missing out by just a quarter of a length at Cheltenham’s International meeting.
No market leader has won the Supreme since Brave Inca in 2004, potentially opening the door for The Liquidator.
Twelve of the last 14 winners of the Supreme scored last time out and if he maintains his form then the Cheltenham trial victor will prove difficult to beat.
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