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Nicky Henderson insists plans are on hold for Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth

Updated: Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 11:49 | Comments

Bobs Worth leading stable-companion Long Run over the last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Bobs Worth leading stable-companion Long Run over the last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Trainer Nicky Henderson will let the dust settle before beginning to formulate a plan for his Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth.

The eight-year-old stayed on up the Cheltenham hill to land the Festival feature by seven lengths on Friday on what was just his second start of the season.

In winning the Gold Cup, he became the first horse since Flyingbolt in the 1960s to secure three different Cheltenham Festival events in consecutive years after claiming the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle in 2011 and last year's RSA Chase.

Henderson is due to head off on a post-Festival break later today and will defer any thoughts about Bobs Worth's agenda until his return.

"He looks fine today and we'll just wait and see for the moment," he said.

"A day after the race won't tell you much about the horse and I'll have a look at him when I'm back on Wednesday.

"Aintree is only three weeks away and I'd say that was very unlikely. There's Punchestown, where (Queen Mother Champion Chase winner) Sprinter Sacre will go. We'll see."

Henderson also saddled the third as his 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run finished nearly 10 lengths adrift of his stablemate.

Long Run won the King George VI Chase on his previous start and Henderson is not sure if he will run again this term.

"Robert (Waley-Cohen, owner) feels Long Run has had enough for the season. He could run again, but we'll talk about it in a few days," he added.

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