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Rajdhani Express

Rajdhani Express clears the last with Ackertac appearing on the left

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Rajdhani gives festival boost to Waley-Cohens

Report: Cheltenham Festival, Tuesday

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RAJDHANI EXPRESS gave the Long Run camp a boost early in the week as Sam Waley-Cohen steered his father Robert's horse to a narrow victory.

Trained by Nicky Henderson, who sent out Simonsig to win the Racing Post Arkle earlier in the day, Rajdhani Express took the lead at the final fence for Waley-Cohen and had enough to fend off the rallying 66-1 outsider Ackertac and Sam Twiston-Davies.

It was the second piece of positive news this week for Sam Waley-Cohen after the birth of his son Max at the weekend.

He said: "I am so, so pleased for Rajdhani. We bred him at home and he jumped so beautifully. It was a rough race and he was brave and kept galloping. You come to Cheltenham and don't dream you are going to win these races - it is magical."

Robert Waley-Cohen, chairman of Cheltenham, is hoping that the win proves a positive for Long Run's chances in the Betfred Gold Cup on Friday.

"It is a great start to the week. Rajdhani won on Boxing Day and then Long Run won [the King George] so I am hoping it is a good omen," he said.

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