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Native River Set for Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National Double

Connections of Native River will be hoping their horse can pull off a remarkable double later this year by winning the two biggest prizes in national hunt racing with the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National.

The Colin Tizzard-trained runner has already proven this season that he enjoys a stamina test as he was successful at Newbury in the Hennessey Gold Cup where he carried over 11 stone on his back in the 3m2f contest to hold off the late challenge of Carole’s Destrier in the closing stages. read more

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Irish out to break British hold on Grand National

The eternal battle between British and Irish stables for dominance of the “world’s greatest steeplechase” continues at Aintree on Saturday with the first £1 Million Crabbie’s Grand National, a race in which the Irish raider will be hoping to break a run of six successive victories for the home team stretching back to the win of Comply Or Die back in 2008, writes Elliot Slater. read more