Long Run claims 2nd King George VI triumph

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The 15-8 favourite and former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run managed to hold off the attentions of Captain Chris to win his second King George VI Chase crown at Kempton.

Amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen was once again aboard the horse who made a bad mistake on the fifth from last fence before managing to triumph by a neck in a thrilling finish.

Captain Chris was an unfancied 16-1 shot but finished third in the race 12 months ago and jumped the last strong to give himself a chance of victory.

Trainer of Long Run Nicky Henderson was thrilled to see his charge return to winning ways after being beaten in the same race by Kauto Star last year and finishing off the pace in the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier this year.

"It was a brave call to go on and it was right. It was a battle out there and not the best ground for any of them. He's young but has been doing everything right," he continued.

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