Wednesday 21 March 2018

Henderson weighing up his options for King George tilt

Nicky Henderson
Nicky Henderson

Press Association

Nicky Henderson must decide over several imminent targets to see if Long Run has any stable company in his bid for a third King George VI Chase.

The Kempton showpiece could also be a target for the champion trainer' Captain Conan, a triple Grade One winner last season, and Riverside Theatre, a former King George runner-up to Long Run, but both have yet to run this season.

"Captain Conan is in it," said Henderson. "I've entered him at Newbury on Friday, but he won't run as I'll wait another week.

"If I wanted to try him at three miles, the only option is the intermediate chase at Sandown next week."

Long Run -- fourth in the Betfair Chase last Saturday -- was the horse shown off to the cameras at a King George press morning at the Henderson yard just outside Lambourn. "He definitely goes for the King George," Henderson said.

"He put in the best round of jumping I've seen from him at Haydock and we'll consider giving him his National entry.

"It's only three weeks between the Gold Cup and the National, and if we are seriously considering the Grand National, do you want to be doing the two?"

Bobs Worth was two places behind Long Run at Haydock as the 15/8 favourite. "He's absolutely fine," said Henderson. "He'll have an entry for the Lexus."

At Fishers Cross will face a maximum of eight rivals in Saturday's bet365 Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury after the race was reopened. Barry Geraghty will take the plum mount.

Paul Nicholls has entered both Celestial Halo and Salubrious, which would be stepping up from handicap company, while the Nick Williams-trained Reve De Sivola and Alan King's Medinas are also in the mix.

Irish Independent

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