Exciting Flat runner First Mohican is set to kick off what his team hope will be a successful jumps career at Doncaster today.
The six-year-old won four times on the Flat with Sir Henry Cecil and was also placed at Group Three level in France.
Now running for Alan King, owner Henry Ponsonby wants First Mohican to seal a place at the Cheltenham Festival with an impressive display in the eventmasters.co.uk Novices’ Hurdle on Town Moor.
Ponsonby said: “He’s definitely an intended runner.
“I think we’ll get the best ground in England at Doncaster and we’re very much looking forward to his hurdling debut.
“I spoke to Alan on Sunday and he told me he couldn’t be more delighted with the horse.
“He holds an entry in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, so hopefully Doncaster will be a stepping stone.
“If all went well, he could go to Doncaster, then for the Dovecote at Kempton on February 22 and then go to Cheltenham.
“It will be very exciting to get him started.”
Meanwhile, Annie Power made it tens wins from ten races with a convincing success on her first start over 2m on January 25.
The Willie Mullins-trained hurdling star went straight into the lead and was never headed throughout the contest before coasting home by 15 lengths.
Paddy Power left the mare unchanged at 7-2 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Ruby Walsh set an even tempo on the six-year-old with Cockney Sparrow and Doyly Carte her closest pursuers as both Alasi and Pass The Time struggled at times to keep up with the leading trio.
After Cockney Sparrow fell two flights from home Walsh pressed the button on the 1-6 favourite and she began to power clear. She didn’t jump the last cleanly, but was still able to quicken away and score from Doyly Carte who finished seven lengths clear of Alasi.
Walsh said afterwards: “She was quite keen, she was very revved up. Even at the start she was on her toes and quite bouncy.
“She travelled along in my hands all the way and I didn’t really get her settled until the second-last. She is just a very good mare, a very good mare to be riding.”
Richard Ricci, husband of owner Susannah Ricci, said: “It was very impressive again today.
“It was a shame that Cockney Sparrow fell but we were very good but very buzzy. That is three times travelling and it has worked out very well. Next stop Cheltenham!
“I am in no hurry [to decide which race], but we are trying to be as transparent as we can with the public, we will decide it when we decide it.”