Long Run and Sam Waley-Cohen put is some practice for the King GeorgePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
King George ideal for Long Run - Waley-Cohen
LONG RUN will be perfectly suited to the test that William Hill King George VI Chase presents on Saturday according to his jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.
Trained by Nicky Henderson for Waley-Cohen's father Robert, Long Run burst on to the British racing scene with a demolition of his rivals in the Grade 1 Feltham Novices' Chase over the King George course and distance in December 2009.
He added the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices' Chase at Warwick before finishing third in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November.
However, a return to Kempton is what Long Run needs to show his best according to Waley-Cohen, who said: "A race like the King George is very much set up for a horse that runs like Long Run because they're going half a stride quicker and you have to get into a good galloping rhythm.
"The reality is that Long Run has jumped four or five times round Grade 1 courses now and each time he is learning what to do."
Sam Waley-Cohen: 'Kempton ideal'PICTURE: David Dew
Long Run sits second behind four-time champion Kauto Star in the market for the King George and Waley-Cohen confesses it will be a hard task to beat the favourite.
"I think if Kauto is on his best form will take a hell of a lot of beating," Waley-Cohen told At The Races. "I've been watching his previous races over and over again and there aren't many chinks in his armour. Kauto at his best is almost unbeatable.
"Having said that, Long Run has an engine and everything at home is giving us encouragement."
Rain is forecast to hit Kempton before Saturday but Waley-Cohen feels his runner can cope with conditions.
He said: "These French-breds have all run on heavy and soft ground over in France. Is it his best ground? I'm not sure. Will it hinder him? I don't think it will."