world news Gold Cup winner Denman put to sleep aged 18

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Denman gained the 2008 Gold Cup, beating huge rival Kauto Star

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.