NATIVE RIVER could possibly be fitted with blinkers within the Betway Bowl at Aintree subsequent month.
The Grade 1 winner was a superb fourth within the Cheltenham Gold Cup final week and is prone to head to the Grand Nationwide assembly – supplied the bottom is appropriate.
Though unable to repeat his heroics of final season, the nine-year-old was by no means allowed to dominate in the identical method and finally received finished for a little bit of toe.
Nevertheless, proprietor Garth Broom believes the addition of blinkers may eke out enchancment and is eager to see his star run on the Grand Nationwide assembly.
He stated: “I believe he would have run higher (within the Gold Cup) if it was barely softer floor.
“He was a bit sluggish away and had to make use of up a lot gas to get his place that there wasn’t loads left on the finish.
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“He ran a grand race, although, and I believe the race truly 23 seconds faster this 12 months so most likely ran near final 12 months’s type on occasions.
“He is come out of the race superb and we’d run within the Bowl at Aintree subsequent, however we’ll must see how he’s and what the bottom is like.
“We would put some blinkers on him to get him to journey a bit higher.
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“He’s had cheekpieces for a few years and we were thinking of the blinkers for the Gold Cup, but that’s not exactly the best place to experiment because sometimes horses won’t go a yard in them.
“We’re just delighted to have finished third, first and fourth in a Gold Cup as not many even come back for a second try.”