Native River retired: 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero ends racing career after being pulled up in Welsh National | Racing News

Native River, one of the most popular horses in training, was retired after being stopped at Coral Welsh Grand National in Chepstow.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has won 11 of his 24 chase starts, amassing over £ 1 million in prize money for his owners, Garth and Anne Broome, and giving the Colin Tizzard yard some of their best days until to date.

Assistant coach Joe Tizzard said: “He was an absolute legend for all of us. His wins at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Hennessy and Coral Welsh Grand National were all memorable days for Garth, Anne and the entire team. .

“He is a lovely character and was a special horse to train. Now he will enjoy a happy and well-deserved retreat.”

Winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup in Newbury in 2016, he took the Coral Welsh National the same season, before finishing third at the Sizing John in the 2017 Gold Cup.

But it was the following year that he tasted the glory at Cheltenham, climbing the hill to beat Might Bite by four and a half lengths.

Garth Broome paid homage to “a horse of a lifetime”.

He said: “The writing was a long way off, but we thought we’d give him a couple of runs this season with his terrain, which he’s had both times.

“But his jump wasn’t what it normally had been.

“He’s been such a big servant and we’ve decided that’s enough. It’s about the first time in about 25 races that he’s come out of the top four, I think.

Native River finished second on Aintree earlier this month before being stopped in the Welsh National

“He’s like a big teddy bear in the stable, but he has a steel shaft down his back when he’s a racehorse.

“It’s the horse of a lifetime and we were very lucky to have it.”

He continued: “He will be retiring from Tom Malone, who originally bought him. We agreed that several years ago, even before he won the Gold Cup. He lives a few miles from us (near Taunton).

“There were several people who offered to have him retired – I think we could have given it to 20 different people! So many people took a liking to him.

Native River ridden by Richard Johnson (right) with Might Bite ridden by Nico de Boinville on their way to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018
Native River battles Might Bite in a Gold Cup classic in Cheltenham

“Obviously the Gold Cup was the big highlight, but he won Hennessy, Denman Chase and Welsh National in the same season at six and then was touched for second place in the Gold Cup. ‘gold.

“He gave us so many good days, but you can’t get through the Gold Cup.

“I suppose Remastered is the greatest hope we have of replacing it, but if a horse does half as good as Native River, we’ll do well.

“He ran with his heart in his hand – that’s why people took him with them. He always tries. He never ran a bad race – even today, which wasn’t all right for him, but he tried to a certain extent. We have said if he was struggling to bring it up.

“We have good memories with him.”

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