Sunday 25 February 2018

Denman to go on after gallant loss

Denman will not be retired following his magnificent performance in defeat in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Paul Nicholls-trained 11-year-old finished a gallant second to young star Long Run, beaten by seven lengths.

That achievement was all the more laudable as the ground at Cheltenham was quicker than ideal for the Paul Barber-owned chestnut, which won the Gold Cup in 2008.

Yet despite his advancing years, connections will keep Denman in training for at least another season.

"It was wonderful to be part of it, and an honour to see Denman run so well. I went down to see him at 6.0am this morning to give him his Polo mints," said Barber.

"I couldn't see him on Friday night as I'm afraid we had celebrated a little too much."

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