Kalashnikov Mows Down Rivals
The betting race of Saturday was the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury but it was the seasonal returns by Native River and Altior that captured my attention there this weekend.
Native River put himself very much into the picture for next months Gold Cup with a second successive win in the Denman Chase. The 8-year-old jumped really well out in front and was much too strong for his two rivals. A frustrating winter for trainer Colin Tizzard, with Cue Card’s and Thistlecrack’s performances, could still yield a great spring for the trainer. The last few days have seen a notable upturn in the stables form and his runners this week will be worth noting.