Discussions are underway regarding a possible appearance for Native River at next year’s Grand National on April 4th, the runner’s owners, Garth and Anne Broom, allegedly warming to the idea of a bid for Grand National glory for the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup victor.
The nine-year-old won the showpiece race at the Cheltenham Festival by four and a half lengths last year and he was fourth past the post in this year’s renewal.
Joe Tizzard, assistant to his father Colin, said: “We’ve talked about going for the National a lot at home but we just want to get him back first. Garth and Anne were against it but they’ve come round to things, though it’s something we haven’t really discussed too much with them yet.”
Native River is a 25/1 punt for National success next year with two-time winner Tiger Roll currently 6/1 to make it three on the bounce.
The plan is for Native River to make an appearance at the famous racecourse on 7th December, Tizzard saying:
“The plan is to go for the Many Clouds on December 7,” said Tizzard. “He’s in full work and we’re always going to start a bit later with him, so that’s his first target.
“We’ll see how he is after that but I imagine we’ll go for the Gold Cup again. He’s been to five festivals now and is entitled to have a go at it. He’s in fine form at home but first all roads lead to Aintree.”