Long Run showed his class with an authoritative win in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso.
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Nicky Henderson's ace (2/5 fav) travelled well for Sam Waley-Cohen, tracking leader Knockara Beau for most of the race.
Although he had George Charlton's chaser almost level at the final fence, the nine-year-old was able to storm clear up the run-in to record a six length win.
This was a return to form for the winner, having unshipped his rider in the King George VI Chase at Kempton when he was last seen.
Winning trainer Nicky Henderson said: "That was fantastic and it's lovely to see him winning again. He was very well treated by the conditions of this race - it was a fantastic opportunity and I love coming to Kelso.
"He got an amazing reception and the people here clearly appreciate seeing a good horse. He enjoyed himself and that was the main objective.
"It was also nice to win this as I used to train some good horses for Major Straker. From here the main aim is the Grand National and the Gold Cup is looking a competitive race but nothing is ruled out yet."
The runner-up (9/4) ran very well for jockey Jan Faltejsek, with a slip after the 14th fence not aiding his cause, and he lost little caste in defeat.