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Tiger Cliff and First Mohican both aiming for Supreme Novices’ spoils

| 08.01.2014

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.

The former is priced at 16/1 while his stablemate is a 20/1 chance with Ladbrokes to succeed in the traditional first race of the four-day event in Gloucestershire.

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.

David Pipe’s 12/1 shot is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles and could emerge victorious in keeping with recent trends.

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.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.