Long Run: Connections in no hurry for next appearance
Robert Waley-Cohen has reported that Long Run suffered no lasting damage following a troubled journey home from France.
Nicky Henderson’s 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero and dual King George VI Chase winner was among the leading contenders for Sunday’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, his first start at Auteuil since 2009, but trailed home well-beaten under Ruby Walsh.
Henderson revealed his charge was suffering from heat exhaustion after the race and it later transpired he had not taken the trip back to Britain well.
His owner is looking forward to seeing his pride and joy return to his Upton Viva stud in Oxfordshire for some well deserved rest and recuperation.
Waley-Cohen said: “He didn’t travel at all well on the journey home and got a bit distressed. He’s back at Seven Barrows now and the vet is checking him over.
“He’s got a cut on his eye and one or two other minor issues. It’s not ideal, but it’s certainly not terminal and nothing a summer in the field at Upton Viva won’t sort out.
“He’ll have a nice, long holiday now and we’re in no rush to make plans for next season.”