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  • Long Run Back On Track With Kelso Win

Ivan Straker Memorial Chase 3m 2f

  • (5yo+, 3m 2f, Class 2, 4 runners)
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924 5th £462 6th £232
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 7m 12.60s
  • Off time: 15:56:45
  • Last Updated: February 13 2014, 17:53 GMT

Long Run showed his class with an authoritative win in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso.

Long Run: Comfortable six length win
Long Run: Comfortable six length win

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.

Long run remains a 20/1 chance with Sky Bet for the Grand National and is 33/1 (from 40/1) NRNB for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after his Kelso victory

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