Buzz about Burton Port continues

Red-hot trainer Nicky Henderson believes Burton Port (11/4 – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup without Long Run and Kauto Star) can overcome the bounce factor and give stablemate Long Run another fright at Cheltenham this afternoon.

The Trevor Hemmings-owned eight year old was only beaten by half a length by the reigning champion on his return after a lengthy absence at Newbury in February – his first start since the 2010 Hennessy Gold Cup.

Henderson, who has trained six festival winners and scooped over £600,000 in prize money over the first three days, regrets having to pit the stablemates together in the Denman Chase – and admits that Burton Port qualifies for the ‘bounce factor’.

He said: “He was a good second after being off a long time. Long Run did beat him well – he was just idling on the run-in.

“Burton Port did not want a hard race that day if he was going to get to Cheltenham.”

Barry Geraghty, who leads the jockey standings at the festival, takes the ride again today with stablemate Long Run once more the mount of amateur Sam Waley-Cohen.

Betfred are offering the top industry prices on the big two for today’s big race – Long Run 9/4 and Kauto Star 9/2, but Burton Port has never been out of the first two over fences and has notable Cheltenham form from a second-placed finish at the 2010 renewal of the RSA Chase when ridden by AP McCoy.

Midnight Chase and Synchronised are 9/2 joint-second favourites in the betting without the big two while Weird Al is 5/1.

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