Chepstow back on Native agenda

Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River looks like taking his chance in the Coral Welsh National after a change of heart from Colin Tizzard.

Colin Tizzard (left): Has had a change of heart with Native River

In the immediate aftermath of the Newbury contest, in which the six-year-old maintained Tizzard's fine run of form this season with a half-length defeat of Carole's Destrier, the red-hot handler appeared cool on the prospect of heading to Chepstow for the second-season chaser's next start, saying: "He's a stayer but he might just be a bit better than that."

However, the December 27 marathon is back on the agenda after Tizzard told the Racing Post: "We're now very keen to go for the Welsh National.

"He's gone up 8lb for winning the Hennessy and only has a 4lb penalty to carry at Chepstow. The chances are we'll run him and we're certainly aiming that way at the moment.

"If the race looks like being run an a complete bog it might put us off but it doesn't look like being that way at the moment."

Sky Bet reacted to the news by making Native River their 8/1 market leader ahead of the Neil Mulholland-trained Carole's Destrier (10/1), who was raised 6lb to a career-high handicap mark of 154 on the back of his fine effort in defeat in Berkshire.

Others near the head of the revised market include the Kerry Lee-trained Bishops Road, who can be backed at 12/1, and Rebecca Curtis' nine-year-old O'Faolains Boy, who is among those priced at 16/1.

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