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Lonesome Glory is to be aimed at the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in March after humbling three rivals on his British debut at Sandown yesterday.

The top American steeplechaser forged clear of Egypt Mill Prince on the run-in, beating Jenny Pitman's runner by 11 lengths with King Credo third and the former two-mile champion, Remittance Man, fourth.

The seven-year-old jumped Sandown's stiff fences in stylefor his regular rider, Blythe Miller, the woman jockey who is the reigning US champion. Lonesome Glory's new trainer, Charlie Brooks, said that the horse would be entered for the Gold Cup (40-1 with William Hill), though a different target at the Festival has not been ruled out.