History being written in the most prestigious steeplechase of all – Long Run is the first six-year-old since 1963 to win this famous old race, while Sam Waley-Cohen is the first amateur to boot a winner home in this one for 30 years. Also it’s Nicky Henderson’s first winner in the race in a glittering 40-year career.
RESULT – Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2½f
1. Long Run (Sam Waley-Cohen) 7-2 Fav
2. Denman (Sam Thomas) 8-1
3. Kauto Star (Ruby Walsh) 5-1
Last years winner Imperial Commander came in 5th. Paul Nicholls, trainer of Denman and Kauto Star: “I thought they had it between them at one stage, but Long Run was always going well just behind. They’ve run absolutely amazing races. Kauto travelled great and jumped great and we were always going to be more positive on him. I always thought Long Run was the best horse in the race but I could not be more proud of my horses.”