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Long Run aimed at Cheltenham bid

December 27, 2012 07:53:45 UK

Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen looked forward to another Cheltenham Gold Cup challenge after riding Long Run to victory in the King George VI Chase in rain-soaked conditions.

The seven-year-old held off the challenge of Captain Chris to win the race for the second time in three years and make up for a couple of disappointing outings which had cast his future in doubt.

That was racing at its best for me, I can't put it into words.

Sam Waley-Cohen

Waley-Cohen said after a dramatic victory at Kempton Park: "It's going to be a different type of race at Cheltenham - I hope it's not as testing or as wet and the earlier races here have made a difference to the ground.

"It's hard to know if you're going to get home, but the horse is just a star."

Long Run is now 4.50 to win the Gold Cup next year, having previously triumphed in the Cheltenham showpiece in 2011, while Bobs Worth is 3.75 and Silviniaco Conti is 5.50.

Waley-Cohen has no doubts that Long Run would be up for the challenge, adding of his Boxing Day efforts: "He was so brave.

"I had to keep asking him - I asked him early and maybe I asked too much as he was tired, but so brave.

"This is his fifth year of competing at this level and he means an enormous amount to us. That was racing at its best for me, I can't put it into words."

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