Long Run set for February run

Nicky Henderson's Long Run

Nicky Henderson's Long Run

First published in Sport

Owner Robert Waley-Cohen is keen for Long Run to have his next race in the Kempton Park Chase on February 22.

A tilt at the Grand National for the 2011 Gold Cup winner has long been on the cards but Waley-Cohen is keen to take in another valuable handicap first with Nicky Henderson’s charge falling down the ratings.

Waley-Cohen said: “Owner, jockey and trainer all have different ideas where the horse should go next.

“But I’m fairly hopeful I’ll get my way, in which case he'll be heading back to Kempton. He’s got a great record at the track and he's now 19lb lower than at his peak two seasons ago.

“Handicaps are an attractive option again now his rating is coming down. The Kempton race is worth a lot of money so I’d be keen for him to take his chance.

“It’s the same with the Grand National. Two years ago we wouldn’t have dreamt of running him in the race, but now I’d doubt if he’d even be top weight.”

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