Long Run Poor Gold Cup Value

Stan James

Tagged under: 3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f

A new chasing star arrived on the scene at Kempton Park yesterday when Long Run ran out a decisive winner of the King George V1 Chase, ending the reign of four time winner Kauto Star, who could manage only a leg weary third.

With age on his side Nicky Henderson's charge is likely to dominate Kempton's showpiece over the next few years, but whether the son of Cadoudal can emulate ' Kauto ' and win two Cheltenham Gold Cups is a very different matter.

As short as 9/2 with totesport for the championship event, Long Run is a top price 7/1 with Stan James and William Hill to become the first six-year-old to win the contest since Mill House, back in 1963.

With two impressive victories at Kempton under his belt and the same below par efforts at the home of national hunt racing, it does not take a genius to come to the conclusion that Long Run prefers to race on a flat track.

The same could be said of the great Desert Orchid, and even though the grey managed a Gold Cup victory in 1989, a narrow win over the moderate Yahoo would not rank as one of the horses' greatest performances, especially as but for a fatal fall by Ten Plus at the third-last, the result may have been very different.

It is possible that Long Run may one day do a ' Desert Orchid ' and carve his name into Gold Cup history, but as a six-year-old that day may be some way off just yet.

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