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Long Run to swerve Denman

Long Run will head straight for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after trainer Nicky Henderson decided against a prep at Newbury this weekend.

The Seven Barrows handler had pencilled in Saturday's Betfair Denman Chase as a next port of call for his King George VI Chase winner following his Kempton success on Boxing Day.

However, Henderson has decided to sidestep the Grade Two heat, which Long Run won last year, as he is not keen to run his staying star on testing ground.

Long Run will now go to Cheltenham without another run as he looks to regain the title he won in 2011.

"Long Run is not running (at Newbury). We just decided with it being soft to heavy and everything, we are not desperate to go," said Henderson.

"We are under no pressure so we will go our own way."

Long Run is a general 8-1 chance for the Cheltenham feature on March 15.