Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

The Punter: Get in for the Long Run

Looking back on Cheltenham, it was a festival to treasure with superb racing on each of the four days and the emergence of new stars.

Not least was Long Run's brilliant Gold Cup win and at only six years of age, he has a great chance of becoming a multiple winner of jump racing's greatest prize.

Ante-post odds of 3-1 for a repeat in 2012 are not unreasonable if prepared to play the long game and hope that Nicky Henderson gets him to the course fit and ready on race day.

All thoughts of Big Buck's (10-1) emerging as a challenger can be forgotten. He may be king of the staying hurdlers, but he can't jump fences and has no chance of going after Gold. The Irish, through Weapon's Amnesty (20-1) and Boston's Angel (25-1), look the potential threats at decent odds.

And what of the Ulster-owned Hurricane Fly, the new Champion Hurdler on his first visit to Prestbury Park? He won very handily and is 4-1 for a second success next year.