world news Gold Cup winner Denman put to sleep aged 18
Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman has died on the age of 18, champion coach Paul Nicholls has mentioned.
Denman gained the 2008 Gold Cup, beating earlier winner and rival Kauto Star by seven lengths, and retired in 2011.
The choice to place him down was taken by proprietor Paul Barber with the help of Nicholls, head lad Clifford Baker and vet Buffy Shirley-Beavan.
“All of us agreed it was the precise factor to do as a result of however he has gone downhill prior to now few days,” Nicholls said.
“We didn’t need to see him endure.”
Welsh jockey Sam Thomas rode Denham – nicknamed the Tank – to his 2008 Cheltenham spotlight whereas the Nicholls-trained horse additionally landed the 2007 Lexus and the Hennessy Gold Cup in each 2007 and 2009.
He initially loved success in novice hurdles however solely actually marked himself as an actual star when he switched to fences and defeated his rivals by 10 lengths and extra within the Royal & SunAlliance Chase on the 2007 Cheltenham Competition.
Later that yr Denman took a straightforward win below high weight within the Hennessy at Newbury earlier than occurring to assert the Lexus Chase.
A Cheltenham Gold Cup showdown with stablemate and reigning champion Kauto Star quickly adopted and Denman galloped to glory by seven lengths below Sam Thomas.
He was closely backed to repeat that triumph the next yr, however Kauto Star bought his revenge.
Nicholls’ cost turned in a really memorable weight-carrying efficiency to win a second Hennessy in 2009, competing off a 13lb greater mark than in 2007 and giving practically a stone and extra to every of his rivals.
That was to be Denman’s ultimate victory, though he chased dwelling Imperial Commander to complete second within the 2010 Gold Cup and stuffed the identical place behind Lengthy Run in 2011.
BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
Throughout a golden period for steeple chasers, Denman was one of many greats, having fun with a high-profile rivalry with one other of them, Kauto Star, who was his neighbour within the stables of their coach Paul Nicholls.,
Followers wore rosettes – had been you for Denman or Kauto? – earlier than their showdown within the 2008 Gold Cup, and there was a lot debate about which was the extra common. I all the time thought that folks admired Kauto Star however they cherished Denman, not least when he got here again from a critical coronary heart downside.
No matter Cheltenham, the topweight-carrying performances in two Hennessy Gold Cups wins by ‘the Tank’ charge as two of soar racing’s most opulent in trendy occasions.