Tizzard Walking in a Newbury Wonderland
What a Saturday for trainer Colin Tizzard with a Newbury treble courtesy of Thistlecrack, Ultragold and of course taking the day’s big horse race the Hennessey Gold Cup, with Native River, which sadly is likely to be the last race to be run as the Hennessey Gold Cup with the owners of the brand looking to end their sponsorship of this historic handicap chase. Such a decision will bring to an end British horse racing’s longest commercial sponsorship.
Back to the ‘Hennessey” itself what a finish it was as Native River clung on to hold the strong finishing Carole’s Destrier at the line. Always up with the pace as expected he took up the running five from home and although he looked like he might be vulnerable when headed three out, he was back in the lead two out and from then on wasn’t for catching, he was slightly idling on the run in but he found enough for a worthy win under super ride by Richard Johnson who was actually winning his first Hennessey and most likely his last if the sponsorship news proves correct. He deserves to look toward the Cheltenham Gold Cup now and who knows he could be part of a Tizzard 123 at the Festival come March.Continue Reading