The never say die attitude of Native River saw him out-gun Might Bite in a titanic tussle to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. They were hard to separate in the market and so it proved as with Native River leading Might Bite came upsides as they tackled the Cheltenham Hill.
The latter seemed to be going the better, but as Richard Johnson asked his mount for more Native Rive obliged. The nine-year-old powered clear in the final furlong to win the Gold Cup for Colin Tizzard at 5/1.
Unsurprisingly after a race so demanding Native River didn’t run again last season. In fact this was one of only two runs the horse had. The horse is sure to have a similar season this year with the Gold Cup again earmarked.
(Credit Racing UK)