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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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Vautour exit shakes up Cheltenham Gold Cup market

Owner Rich Ricci has confirmed that his horse, Vautour, will run in the Ryanair Chase at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival rather than the Blue Riband event of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The decision was delayed as long as possible but once the announcement was made, the bookmakers were quick to react with their market for the 3m2f contest. Don Cossack is as a result around 11/4 in the Gold Cup betting. The Gordon Elliott-trained runner has won three Group races this season, including the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal back in October. read more