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LONDON (Reuters) – Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard, won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Horse Racing – Cheltenham Festival – Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain – March 16, 2018 Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates with the team after winning the 15.30 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

The 5-1 shot beat Might Bite, the 4-1 favourite, and Anibale Fly (33-1) in the flagship race at the four-day meeting.

Last year’s winner Sizing John was absent after suffering a fractured pelvis. It was the third year in a row the champion has missed the race after Coneygree and Don Cossack did not defend their crowns.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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