Denman to parade at Newbury
Dual Hennessy winner Denman among his five Newbury victories, is to return to the course to parade on Betfair Super Saturday on February 9 - the first time he has appeared in public on a racecourse since his retirement.
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Sponsors Betfair and Newbury re-named the Aon Chase the Betfair Denman Chase in the honour of the Gold Cup winner last year. But having picked up a career-ending tendon injury in December 2011, he was unable to parade before the inaugural running of the race.
However, owner Paul Barber has kindly agreed that the horse will return to the track next month, where he will be paraded in the paddock and on the racetrack before the race, for which the likes of Long Run and Silviniaco Conti have been pencilled in.
Denman is now in the care of Charlotte Alexander, who reports him to be "a true gentleman" in retirement.
"He came to my yard in the Cotswolds and to begin with we did loads of road work to harden up his legs," she said. "Denman has a superb jump and is incredibly athletic. Paul Nicholls, Dan Skelton and Clifford Baker have really done an amazing job on teaching him to jump.
"Denman loves hunting and is terrific across country, very bold and has amazing scope and is incredibly careful. And I am hoping to introduce him to team chasing in the spring."
"Denman is charming to look after, loves attention and his only dislike is being clipped. He is a true gentleman."
Newbury managing director Stephen Higgins commented: "Our racegoers will be delighted to see Denman at Newbury again. He won five of his seven races here and was always so popular. I'm sure he'll be given a very warm welcome on his return."