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Newbury

  • 12:40 Betfair Denman Chase 3m

  • (Grade 2) £30,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner £17,085 2nd £6,411 3rd £3,210 4th £1,599
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 42.70s
  • Off time: 12:40:53

Tough test for Long Run

What A Friend named as danger

Last Updated: 16/02/12 1:34pm

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Long Run: Completes his Cheltenham preparations at Newbury on Friday

Long Run: Completes his Cheltenham preparations at Newbury on Friday

Sam Waley-Cohen feels Long Run faces anything but a straightforward task in Friday's Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury.

The Grade Two was saved from last weekend's abandoned fixture, along with the bulk of the card, allowing Nicky Henderson's star stayer to have one final prep run before next month's Festival.

He faces four rivals, with champion trainer Paul Nicholls saddling both What A Friend and Tidal Bay.

Henderson also runs the returning Burton Port, with David Bridgwater's stable star The Giant Bolster completing the select field.

"It's always really exciting riding Long Run and it's going to be a good, competitive race," said Waley-Cohen.

"You always want to win these races, but it isn't going to be easy. A horse like What A Friend was only just fourth in the Gold Cup last year and we have to give him a significant amount of weight on Friday, so you have to take that into consideration.

"It's a warm race in it's own right and an important prep on the road to Cheltenham. The run should set him up perfectly for the Gold Cup."

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