Cheltenham Festival 2016
Published: 12:10 10/12/2011
Leading UK bookie William Hill announced yesterday that they will refund all ante-post bets placed on Denman for the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup following news of his retirement with a tendon injury.
Hills spokeswoman Jennie Prest said; “Denman had established himself as a modern-era legend in the equine world and his lion-heart performances evoked respect and admiration from all racing fans. Although this is sad news this morning, anyone who backed the horse for the Gold Cup with Hills will have the small consolation that their money hasn’t been lost.”
Denman won 14 of his 24 starts amassing more than £1M in prize money with his victory in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup over arch rival Kauto Star one of the highlights.
The Paul Nicholls-trained 11-year-old was due to make his seasonal reappearance in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28th , but Nicholls revealed that the injury came appeared on Thursday and left him with no choice "Denman was great on Wednesday morning as he worked towards his intended start in the Lexus later this month, but he pulled up a little bit sore yesterday morning and" our vet revealed the problem with his near fore tendon.
The 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup could well still feature Denman's stable mate and rival Kauto Star who has made a return to form this year and is expected to take on the 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day .
Long Run remains favourite in the ante post betting for the 2012 Cheltenham Gold cup at best odds of 11/4 with Sportingbet with Kauto Star 2nd favourite and currently best odds of 12/1 with Ladbrokes.
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