Native River can justify favouritism in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday

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Saturday’s Big Race Tip: 3.10pm, Newbury – Native River to win at 6/1 William Hill

Saturday’s Big Race Tip:

3.10pm, Newbury – Native River to win at 6/1 William Hill

Colin Tizzard is a trainer on rise. For a few seasons, the mighty Cue Card has been his leading light in the yard but now it seems the stable is brimming with talent and NATIVE RIVER holds very strong credentials in Saturday’s 3.10pm Hennessy Gold Cup.

A race steeped in history and one of the best handicap chases on the calendar, it always takes a strong performance of jumping and stamina to win it, but the six-year-old holds plenty of aces.

Native River has lots of experience for a six-year-old and was highly tried over hurdles, producing some useful form. He’s had seven starts over fences thus far and was quite progressive last season, where he came of age as a novice in the Grade 1 Betfred Mildmay Novices’ Chase at the Aintree Festival. Ridden more positively this time under Richard Johnson, the horse pulled clear of the second horse, with RSA Chase winner Blaklion well held back in third.

That afternoon Native River ran up to an RPR (Racing Post Rating) of 165, earmarking him as a potentially top class chaser. A handicap mark of 155 for this race on that evidence is a very attractive starting point and having run well in a hurdle first time out, his preparation has gone smoothly and he should be absolutely spot on to run a big race for the Tizzards.


Top weight and last year’s winner Smad Place has to be respected for another bold bid, while David Pipe’s Un Temps Pour Tout is also a threat to all and comes here on the back of a good win over hurdles earlier this month, having won at the Cheltenham Festival earlier in the year.

As always it’s a tough race to win, but Native River looks a worthy favourite who ticks a lot of the boxes required for this in terms of age, form and overall profile.  At 6/1, we at FreeBets feel he rates a fair selection and should give backers a solid run for their money.

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