Long Run will be taking time out of horse racing this summer to recharge the batteries, according to owner Robert Waley-Cohen.
The 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, rode by Nicky Henderson, was among the favourites for Sunday’s Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris but was well-beaten by race winner Ruby Walsh.
After the race Henderson revealed the horse was suffering from heat exhaustion before his owner said he had a troubled journey back to Britain from France.
“He (Long Run) didn’t travel at all well on the journey home and got a bit distressed,” said Waley-Cohen to The Irish Examiner.
“He’s back at Seven Barrows now and the vet is checking him over. He’s got a cut on his eye and one or two other minor issues.
“It’s not ideal, but certainly not terminal and nothing a summer in the field at Upton Viva in Oxfordshire won’t sort out.”
Waley-Cohen says the dual King George VI Chase winner, who was making his first start at Auteuil since 2009, will now have the summer off to rest and is in no rush to make plans for next season.