Henry Ponsony excited over future with Tiger Cliff and First Mohican

Last Updated: 18/05/14 2:14pm

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Tiger Cliff: Made very encouraging reappearance

Tiger Cliff: Made very encouraging reappearance

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Owner Henry Ponsonby is excited to find out what the rest of the season holds for Tiger Cliff and First Mohican following their superb efforts in defeat this week.

Owner Henry Ponsonby is excited to find out what the rest of the season holds for Tiger Cliff and First Mohican following their superb efforts in defeat this week.

Last year's Ebor hero Tiger Cliff made a fantastic seasonal reappearance on his first start to Alan King when finishing a close third behind the highly-rated pair Gospel Choir and Tac De Boistron in Friday's Group Two Yorkshire Cup.

First Mohican was slightly disappointing during the winter over hurdles and failed to make an impact on his return to the Flat in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes, but benefited from a step up in trip when a close third behind Mount Athos and Forgotten Voice in Saturday's Aston Park Stakes at Newbury.

Tiger Cliff could be prepared for a tilt at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, while First Mohican could aim to follow in his stable companion's hoof prints in the Ebor at York.

Ponsonby said: "Tiger Cliff has got to be considered for the Gold Cup now, but it will be ground dependant.

"If the ground is on the fast side, we will probably give it a miss and look at the possibility of running him abroad.

"I would imagine he'll be rated around 110 after his run the other day and if the ground happened to come up soft at Royal Ascot, I'd be getting very excited.

"He actually schooled tremendously well over hurdles during the winter, but he wasn't going to be ready for the championship races at Cheltenham, so we decided to wait and run him back on the Flat.

"First Mohican was obviously suited by the step up in trip on Saturday and ran very well. Again, if the ground had have been a bit softer, I think it would have been very interesting.

"He's sure to go up in the weights and I just hope his new rating doesn't ruin his chances in the Ebor. If he went up to 108, be might be our Ebor horse and we could always claim off him.

"He stays a mile and six (furlongs) well and might even get two miles. I might give him an entry in the Northumberland Plate.

"Both horses are well and out in the paddock relaxing this morning. I think they've both improved since they joined Alan and that's what I put it down to, as they can't be turned out in Newmarket."

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