Joe Tizzard has admitted that what happened to Thistlecrack at Newbury might alter plans for Native River.
Last year’s Gold Cup third, who also won the Welsh National and Hennessy Gold Cup (now Ladbrokes Trophy), was due to have just one run before another crack at the blue riband race.
Tizzard is assistant to his father Colin and both were of the belief that Thistlecrack was fit enough to do himself justice at Newbury but he could only trail in fifth of the six runners behind Beer Goggles.
As a result Native River could now have two races before March.
“Native River is coming along really well, he’s in full work now,” said Tizzard on Racing UK’s Luck On Sunday .
“We were talking one run and then the Gold Cup. Last year it was all about the Hennessy and then take it from there but this year we are keeping him a fresher horse.
“After Thistlecrack we might give him two runs. He’s going to be ready in the New Year, where he goes exactly we haven’t got a definite plan but he’ll be ready to run in the New Year.”