Ruby wistful as McCoy eyes informative Denman outing
Ruby Walsh says there is "only a good jump" between Gold Cup protagonists Kauto Star and Denman, and admitted yesterday that he's "not overly confident" he has made the right decision by opting to ride the former in the Cheltenham showpiece.
Trainer Paul Nicholls believes the experience Tony McCoy will get from riding Denman in Saturday's Aon Chase at Newbury will prove "invaluable" ahead of the big clash with his stablemate.
However, Walsh wanted to wait until after the Newbury contest before making a decision, but Denman's owners requested the call ahead of this weekend.
"I'd love to have ridden Denman in the Aon Chase and then watched Nacarat (fourth behind Kauto Star in the King George) run in the Racing Post Chase to get all the form and everything in front of me before I made a decision," he said.
"I've had to make a decision and after winning two Gold Cups and four King George VI Chases on Kauto it's very hard to desert him.
"That said, it's only my choice and I've got it wrong in the past so I wouldn't be overly confident I've got it right. They are two exceptional horses and there's only a good jump between them."
According to Nicholls, Walsh will "help" with the tactics at Newbury.
"He can be a little bit mulish at the start, but that is just him," said Nicholls. "I think it will be invaluable for him to just have a ride on him. If the meeting is lost I'd definitely give him a racecourse gallop somewhere and AP could sit on him then."