Native River – Progressed through the handicap ranks winning both the Hennessy and the Welsh Grand National before pressing the pace and just being pipped for second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival behind Sizing John and Minella Rocco. He had a pretty tough season despite just having four runs over fences and as a 7yo with another year on his back he could be prepared more carefully for a Gold Cup campaign before having a crack at the Grand National.
Colin Tizzard – “He’s not a bad one is he! He shook himself up a bit in the Gold Cup and he is back cantering now and will run around Christmas time. He had a hard season last year so will be a bit careful and what I want to do now is give him his second run in the Gold Cup. He could then end up in the Grand National.”