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Long Run (Sam Waley-Cohen) wins the King George with Kauto Star (right) Kempton 15.01.2011

Long Run: another French-bred star trained by Nicky Henderson

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Kempton: French-breds rule on Super Saturday

IT WAS a superb afternoon for French-breds trained by Nicky Henderson on Kempton's nine-race Super Saturday card, with Binocular looking like the Champion Hurdle winner he is with a comfortable win in the Christmas Hurdle, and Long Run becoming the new king of Kempton by scoring in the King George.

Binocular was bred by Elie Lellouche, who trained him to win both starts at two, and to place in Listed company at three. His sire, Enrique, was bred by the Niarchos family, and won the Greenham Stakes before coming second inthe British and Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Long Run's sire Cadoudal has been arguably the best jumps sire in France in recent years. He has also produced the superstar staying hurdler Big Buck's.

Long Run, bought by Robert Waley-Cohen after winning a hurdle at Auteuil on his second start, is a half-brother to the same owner's high-class mare Liberthine, winner of the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences and the Mildmay Of Flete Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Riverside Theatre, a son of King's Theatre and bred by Goldford Stud, ran on well to finish second.




King's Theatre £971,127
Presenting £917,929
Oscar £801,946
Beneficial £768,307
Milan £725,269
Westerner £564,048
Flemensfirth £517,780
Kayf Tara £486,533
Stowaway £413,173
Midnight Legend £397,177