Tiger out to earn his stripes

Flying Tiger ridden by Richard Johnson on the way to winning the Fred Winter

Fred Winter winner Flying Tiger is likely to step up to Grade One company at Aintree next week.

The juvenile was overlooked by Lizzie Kelly in favour of stable companion Diable De Sivola, but he could only finish fifth.

Flying Tiger is now likely to meet impressive Triumph Hurdle winner Defi Du Seuil in the 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle on Thursday week.

"Flying Tiger will probably go for the juvenile hurdle at Aintree, I guess," said trainer Nick Williams.

"I'd imagine the course would even suit him better than Cheltenham.

"The handicapper did a very good job at Cheltenham as there were three horses in line jumping the last.

"He's been put up 7lb for winning and he's now got a rating that wouldn't have seen him out of place in the Triumph."

Williams was not so fortunate with Tea For Two, who unseated Kelly at the second fence of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"It was unfortunate what happened to him, but there you go," said the Devon handler.

"I think the plan is to take him to Aintree for the Bowl."

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