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Ponsonby eyeing Festival raid

Owner Henry Ponsonby is dreaming of Cheltenham Festival glory with his two exciting Flat performers Tiger Cliff and First Mohican.

Last year's Ebor winner Tiger Cliff was last seen finishing a creditable eighth in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October, while First Mohican won four times on the level and was also placed in Group Three company in France.

Both horses have since switched from Lady Cecil's yard to the care of leading National Hunt trainer Alan King.

The Barbury Castle handler has closed his yard for a short period, with a number of horses suffering from a bug, but Ponsonby hopes to see his duo staking a claim for a place at Cheltenham in the not too distant future.

Ponsonby said: "Alan King has shut up shop for the time being, so I don't expect to see Tiger Cliff or First Mohican out until the end of this month or early February.

"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 Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Neptune, and I think First Mohican will only be entered for the Supreme."