Denman goes for Guiness Gold
Denman will face 11 rivals in the Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown tomorrow.
The Paul Nicholls-trained winner of the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup returned to something like his best form when runner-up for the second year running in the blue riband last month.
The 10-year-old spearheads a three-pronged British assault on the big prize, backed up by The Queen's Barbers Shop, trained by Nicky Henderson, and Philip Hobbs' Planet Of Sound.
Another former Gold Cup winner in the line-up is 2006 victor War Of Attrition, trained by Mouse Morris.
Notre Pere, who took this race 12 months ago, goes again for Jim Dreaper, while Willie Mullins is double-handed with Cooldine and J'y Vole.
Paul Nolan saddles Joncol, with Follow The Plan, Tranquil Sea and the Dessie Hughes-trained pair of Rare Bob and Siegemaster also engaged.
The three withdrawals at the overnight stage were Master Medic, Royal County Star and Miss Mitch.