Long Run Looking For Gold Cup Revenge
Long Run will make his Punchestown Festival debut in the Punchestown Gold Cup next Wednesday.
Long Run finished a solid third behind Bobs Worth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a run which was expected to be the finale for his season but a rethink from owner Robert Waley-Cohen means the son of Cadoudal will take on Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs, First Lieutenant and Captain Chris in the Punchestown Gold Cup.
“It’s true that I was initially against the idea of running after Cheltenham but you cannot have preconceived ideas with animals,” Waley-Cohen told The Racing Post.
“He came out of the Gold Cup much better than I had imagined he would and seems to be in extremely good form.”
Long Run finished second behind Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase and won the King George VI Chase before his Cheltenham Festival assignment and Waley-Cohen believes he still has one run left in his legs this season.
“He has had only three runs so far this season, whereas last year the Gold Cup was his fourth run,” he said.
“If the ground is suitable at Punchestown he might as well run.”
Waley-Cohen said that Long Run will wear cheek pieces in the Punchestown Gold Cup, as he did in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but he was unsure what tactics he will instruct his son Sam Waley-Cohen to take up during the race.
“We’ll look at the opposition closer to the time before deciding on tactics,” Waley-Cohen said.
Long Run (10/3) is currently on the second line of the Punchestown Gold Cup betting market at Bet365 behind Sir Des Champs (2/1).
The leading pair is followed in the market by First Lieutenant (5/1), Captain Chris (15/2) and Sizing Europe (9/1).
You can find the best Punchestown Gold Cup odds at Bet365.