During the weekend horse racing fans got to watch a couple of spectacular races. On Saturday, horses Altior and Native River dominated their races at Newbury.
Native River, who competed for the first time after almost a one-year break, was able to run through his competition and win the race by 12 lengths. Despite being on such a long break, UK betting sites made Native River an 8/11 favourite. Furthermore, with his latest win, the eight-year-old horse became the first one to win the Denman Chase race two times.
Colin Tizzard, the trainer of Native River, had this to say, “It was ideal preparation for the Gold Cup, and as long as he's OK in the next ten days, the dream is still alive. He's a good jumper and when Richard asked he went away almost effortlessly. He's such a good horse.”
On the other hand, Altior won the Betfair Exchange Chase. Similarly, Altior was also out of the competition for a long time, making this win a perfect comeback. The race was undecided until the last fence when Altior shot past Politologue to win the race by four lengths.
Nicky Henderson, Altior’s trainer, said that this victory was perfection. He further added, “We knew he was in fantastic form. Altior has so many gears. He just has class, it is just pure class, and he is very good.”
Both horses are preparing for the Cheltenham Festival, which starts on March 16th. Native River will compete in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. So, good luck to both.