Native River prevails in Cheltenham Gold Cup duel

Native River came out on top in a thrilling duel with Might Bite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and deny Nicky Henderson a historic treble.

Victory for favourite Might Bite would have seen Henderson become the first trainer to claim the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at the same festival.

It was 5/1 shot Native River who had that bit extra in the tank under champion jockey Richard Johnson after battling it out with Might Bite at the front of the field from the start, giving trainer Colin Tizzard his first triumph in jump racing's blue riband event.

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