Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Long Run team have high hopesHeadlines
Long Run

Owner Robert Waley-Cohen hopes a tip-top Long Run can regain his crown in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

The seven-year-old did not please everyone when beaten by Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, but Waley-Cohen felt there were valid reasons for that defeat.

"The race wasn't run to suit at Haydock and the ground was quite tricky for a horse that isn't used to running on that sort of heavy ground," he said.

"We were always worried there wouldn't be enough pace and it might turn into a sprint finish - he was always vulnerable to that - but we didn't want him to leave his season behind in that race.

"It's possible the Gold Cup he won as a six-year-old might have taken a hell of a lot out of him, it might be that Kauto Star was a hell of a good horse last year. He had two very hard races earlier last season and that came home to roost in the Gold Cup.

"I'm a bit disappointed he didn't improve - he had a good summer and we hoped he'd have moved on, but that said he didn't win a Paddy Power off 158 and ended up finishing that season off 182.

"The handicapper has us at 171 after Haydock and I'd hope he would find a bit extra towards the end of the year. He had a quiet week after Haydock, but he's in good order and we hope to have him cherry-ripe for Kempton."

Long Run spearheads 10 horses declared and trainer Nicky Henderson has a more than able second-string in Riverside Theatre, who finished runner-up behind his stablemate in the 2010-11 renewal.

Kauto Stone, a half-brother to five-times King George winner Kauto Star, takes his chance for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

David Pipe has two contenders in Grands Crus and Junior, who was supplemented for the race earlier in the week. Philip Hobbs relies upon last year's third Captain Chris, while other runners are The Giant Bolster, Cue Card, Champion Court and For Non Stop.

24 May 2015

Ascot Test for Time
Mustajeeb sprints to it
Pearl's a sprint jewel for Barron
Tate springs Listed surprise
First Ascot chance for Crisford
Glen best miler we've had - O'Brien
Exciting options for Simcock ace
Muta grabs Bowl with late charge
No decision on replacement - McCoy
Harrington bids for Guineas glory

23 May 2015

Mustajeeb sprints to it
Big-race options for Corsican team
Gagarin in orbit for Gallinule
Tudhope back for Force mount
Luck be a Lady for Burke
Gleneagles tees off at Curragh
Stars dazzles at Goodwood
Dettori receives golden ticket
Tudhope suffers Haydock blow
Gatsby in great form for Gold run
O'Brien banking on Found progress
Sole seeking home success
Remote makes Festival return
Force back for Temple test

22 May 2015

Paris in Sandown shake-up
Ivawood targets Guineas revenge
Brooch aiming to sparkle again
Dods hoping Angel can soar
Cumani hangs fire as Dubai dazzles
Dods hoping for Angel delight
Epicuris team seek dispensation
Treve buzzing for Corrida comeback
No going concerns for Gatsby
Fallon sidelined
Gleneagles spearheads Guineas field
Power to stay in Ireland
Muthmir earmarked for Haydock date

21 May 2015

Ground concerns for Pretend
Ball back on duty at Worcester
Ground key to Boy Gold run
Fitz up against it for Galway
Hobbs to race in Godolphin blue
Haggas has plenty to Wonder about
Straight to Ascot for Rizeena
Curragh all set for big weekend
Byron in Greenlands hunt
Sandown or Epsom options for Spring
O'Brien looks to Tapestry
Europe the 'horse of a lifetime'
Legatissimo in Oaks reckoning

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015