Long Run Out of Denman Chase
Long Run will not run again before the Cheltenham Gold Cup after trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed that the King George VI Chase winner will not run in the Denman Chase at Newbury on Saturday.
Long Run won the Denman Chase last year but Henderson declined the opportunity to give the gelding the chance to defend his title because of concerns over the condition of the track.
“We just decided with it being soft to heavy and everything, we are not desperate to go,” Henderson said.
“We are under no pressure so we will go our own way.”
Long Run remains on the third line of the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market at Bet365.
While Long Run will not take his place in the Denman Chase French gelding Mail De Bievre is set to make his British racing debut in the event.
Irish trainer Tom George is attempting to revitalize the career of the horse that dominated the French chasing scene in 2010 but has raced just once since.
“He was a very high-class horse in France,” George said.
“He actually had a mark of 172 over there but they’ve dropped him to 160 because he’s been off the track a year and a half.
“He’s had a good preparation and we’ve been delighted with everything he’s done at home since he joined us about four months ago.”
George said he is still learning about the horse but can’t wait to see how he handles British racing conditions.
“Racing is a lot different over here and we’ll learn a lot more about him on Saturday,” George said.
“We’re really looking forward to running him on Saturday and It should be an exciting day.”
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