Long Run ‘back with the elite’

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Champion trainer Nickey Henderson is confident that Long Run's victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day has brought his charge back to the upper echelons of racing.

The gelding, ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, beat Captain Chris by a neck to regain the crown after previously winning it in 2010.

Henderson will now be hoping that Long Run can become the second horse, after Kauto Star, to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup after relinquishing it

He finished behind eventual winner Synchronised earlier this year, but Henderson feels he can continue to compete.

The trainer told BBC Radio 5 live that while Boxing Day's victory doesn't make him a world beater, he's still young enough to get back to the levels that brought him the Gold Cup in 2011.

"Long Run is back where he belongs at the top of the tree. He loves Cheltenham and I'd like to think he can improve on that again," he continued.

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