Amateur is second favourite to land Cheltenham Gold Cup

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It was the biggest race of the National Hunt calendar this year in which to judge Cheltenham Gold Cup form, and one horse came out smelling of something sweeter than manure.

Long Run’s impressive performance in dispatching of his rivals – including a certain Kauto Star – in the King George VI Chase has seen his Cheltenham Gold Cup odds slashed.

The Robert Waley-Cohen owned six-year-old is now a 5/1 chance to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup having been 20/1 in the Cheltenham betting before the race started.

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“On what I’ve seen today Long Run is more of a Gold Cup horse rather than a Ryanair horse,” said trainer Nicky Henderson and Long Run’s entry in the Ryanair chase can be forgotten as he attempts to win the most prestigious race of the calendar.

Long Run ruined the Kauto Star party after the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner failed to make it five consecutive King George wins and consequently Kauto Star is 8/1 from 5/1 to win the Gold Cup.

Long Run’s win has seen Imperial Commander establish his position at the top of the betting market and Paddy Brennan’s mount is now 4/1 from 9/2 to win the Gold Cup.

Denman has been cut into 6/1 from 7/1 after Kauto Star’s third place finish and Diamond Harry joins Kauto Star at 8/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Cheltenham festival is the pinnacle of the National Hunt season and he greatest horses from Great Britain and Ireland will battle it out to become the punters new best friend.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.