Sam Waley-Cohen believes the distance of Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham will be ideal for his mount Long Run.

The French import, owned by Waley-Cohen's father Robert, has been successful at a variety of distances between two and three miles.

But after he was beaten into third place in the RSA Chase over an extended three miles at the Festival meeting in March, the amateur rider believes the extended two and a half miles will bring out the best in him.

Bookmakers think the same and have the Nicky Henderson-trained gelding as 7-2 favourite for the prestigious handicap chase.

‘He's in great form and spent the summer at home at stud. He did incredibly well, he's really strengthened up. He's a big, strong, mature horse,’ Waley-Cohen told At The Races.

‘We have to keep reminding ourselves our young he is, he's still only five. He's come back and looks really impressive.

‘He's massively consistent which is always a sign of a good horse and he enjoys his racing. He will always put in a big effort whatever race he's in.

‘I think the trip is absolutely perfect for him. We saw him win the Feltham over three miles and then over two miles in the Kingmaker (at Warwick).

‘I suspect the three miles at the back of last season in the RSA was a little bit too long for him, so I think the Paddy Power trip will be spot on.

‘In terms of ground he's handled everything, so I don't see that presenting any problems at all.’