Long Run to show improvement in Cheltenham Gold Cup

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Long Run may be a great price at 11/2 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting as jockey Sam Waley-Cohen feels that punters are yet to see the best of the horse.

Despite taking on previous Cheltenham Gold Cup winners Imperial Commander, Kauto Star and Denman in this year’s renewal, Waley-Cohen is confident of the chances of Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old.

And he has every right to be based on Long Run’s demolition of a strong field in the King George at Sandown, even if Kauto Star was found to have not been at 100 per cent afterwards.

Long Run finished 12 lengths clear of Riverside Theatre that day and despite the ease in which he bounded clear of the field, Waley-Cohen believes there is still plenty of improvement to be witnessed.

He said: “People said he jumped brilliantly in the King George and he did, but he made some errors as well and there is a possibility that he’ll get better than that.

“He ran a fantastic race but he should come on for it and let’s hope he can come out and show that form again.”

However, Waley-Cohen knows that Long Run is likely to need some luck in running to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, alongside show some improved form at a course where he has seemingly struggled slightly in the past.

Both of Long Run’s defeats in his five starts since moving from France have both been at Cheltenham, finishing third in the RSA Chase at last year’s Festival and then in the same position again in November’s Paddy Power Gold Cup.

Imperial Commander is the current 7/2 favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting as he goes for a second successive victory in the race.

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