Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2010: Kauto Star v Denman countdown

By Rod Gilmour Published: 10:40AM GMT nineteen Mar 2010

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Ante-Post Betting: 4-5 Kauto Star, 7-2 Denman, 8 Imperial Commander

So this is it. After a mad three-week countdown, this diary comes to an finish with hopes of a loyal classical at 3:20 today. It"s been all about dual horses and can the hype live up to it? Will those benefaction at Prestbury Park declare a print finish? Or will the dual alternative contenders take the day?

Cheltenham Festival 2010: day dual Cheltenham: day one as it happened

Or might be a equine of Carruthers"s status (50-1) will move the residence down. On this day in 1998, 25-1 alien Cool Dawn landed the Gold Cup for Robert Alner. Andrew Thornton accomplished all on the 10-year-old to conflict gamely up the mountain and hold off the plea of Strong Promise by one and three-quarter lengths. Dorans Pride, the 9-4 favourite, could finish usually third.

Connections of Imperial Commander are relishing the awaiting of a lapse to Prestbury Park. "He"s in unequivocally great scrape and I"m unequivocally happy with him. He got inside of a hair of violence Kauto Star at Haydock. I couldn"t be happier and I"m unequivocally seeking brazen to it," tutor Nigel Twiston-Davies said. "The outing is not a problem, he stays forever." As the days have passed, Commander unequivocally does see a threat.

Paul Nicholls is feeling bullish again, however. The Ditcheat tutor has come out with "brute" for Denman, right afar it"s "lethal" for Kauto Star. "It is unfit to contend he is softened than ever as it was such a smashing opening at Kempton," pronounced Nicholls. "When he is fit he is fatal and there is zero I can contend to put any one off him."

Ruby Walsh is prolonged odds-on to be crowned the 2010 Cheltenham Festival tip manoeuvre after bagging his third leader of the assembly aboard Big Buck"s yesterday. The fast No 1 for both Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins is 2-9 with William Hill and 1-5 with totesport to keep the title. Tony McCoy is 7-1 second-favourite and the Gold Cup could infer consequential to the jockeys" pretension race.

What they"re saying:

Ditcheat"s vicar, Reverend Christine Donkersley: "I sanctified the horses unequivocally carefully. I thanked God for the wish the horses brought and prayed for them and their riders and all continuous with them and left it at that."

Coral"s David Stevens: "The Gold Cup is second usually to the Grand National when it comes to betting turnover, and the participation of dual great champions in Kauto Star and Denman, ridden by dual hold up jockeys, equates to this year"s renovation will be the greatest Gold Cup ever as far as we"re concerned."

--March 18

Willie Mullins has had his contend on Cooldine, who can urge on last year. He said: "He seems in great form on the gallops here during the week," pronounced Mullins. "Last year he softened palm over fist from competition to competition and I"m certain he"s softened again given Leopardstown.

"I goal we can get in to the income and it is all to fool around for after that. The competition looks similar to a head-to-head and my associate needs a great bit of alleviation to get in between the dual of them but that is what we are here to find out.

So it"s Ruby Walsh 2 AP McCoy 1 with the Gold Cup usually one day away. But will this be the last time we see "AP" by a big leader if he finds success on Denman? Not if he has his own way. Next month will see the hold up manoeuvre spin the usually supplement to underline his initials and not his initial name in a racecard, according to the Racing Post. Racing for Change hold initial names will be softened graduation for the sport. But for McCoy? "I have regularly been AP."

Harry Findlay, Denman"s owner, is endangered about the destiny of racing and the purpose gambling plays. Findlay says that the supervision should keep carry out of the Tote but to additionally pledge that income is put at the at the behind of of in to the sport. He said: "We are great out for a correct Tote. The supervision are receiving pennies when they can be receiving literally billions. Selling the Tote to a bookmaking association wouldn"t shift the bigger design at all."

-- Mar 16

Bookies are fearing a "�50 million physique blow" this week if the Festival"s big 4 - Dunguib, Master Minded, Big Buck"s and Kauto Star - can land tip prize, with �600 million set to be wagered on the twenty-six races.

Denman"s owners Harry Findlay is subsidy up his common short-priced raid... on his rival. Our Racing Correspondent Marcus Armytage takes up the story: "The betting, the vibes from the at the at the behind of of back back yard and a revelation multiple of both the actuality that Denman"s decorated owner, Harry Findlay, who has warranted celebrity and happening subsidy big income at short odds, is branch out his pockets to at the at the behind of of at Kauto Star at 4-6 when his own equine is as prolonged as 9-2, point to one result." Ian Chadband, the Chief Sports Correspondent, will be assessing the dual stablemates in Tuesday"s paper with a fast lads" who"s who to boot.

The belligerent competence be complicated going for Tiger Woods at the moment, but Kauto Star"s owners Clive Smith believes his assign will go past the universe No 1 in "Majors". ""Kauto" has won thirteen Grade 1 races and Tiger has got fourteen vital titles, and I"d similar to Kauto to get past him," Smith pronounced last week. On Woods"s "transgressions", Smith added: "Kauto won"t have that complaint - he"s a gelding!"

What they"re saying: Training fable Martin Pipe: "The belligerent looks to be favoring him some-more than Denman and hes simply the best. Master Minded won well last time after the damage and should win an additional Champion Chase.

Festival fact:Nine Gold Cup favourites over the last thirty years have fit marketplace confidence: Kauto Star in 2007 and 2009, Kicking King in 2005, Best Mate in 2003 and 2004, Master Oats in 1995, Desert Orchid in 1989, Dawn Run in 1986 and Bregawn in 1983.

YouTube watch:Ali v Frazier, Borg v McEnroe, Federer v Nadal and Nicklaus v Watson? Paul Nicholls will have you know that Kauto Star v Denman should not be dismissed. Watch YouTube

March 13

As you glance over the countdown over a bubbling mop of coffee, hold up manoeuvre AP McCoy will be on a 20-minute lope in a persperate fit on the treadmill and "spending majority of the sunrise in a bubbling prohibited bath perplexing to get down to 10th 3lb." The hold up of a veteran manoeuvre and unheralded for majority of the year. But not subsequent week when the Festival thrusts them in to the limelight.

It went pear-shaped on Saturday for the Aussie Denman, that this diary has monitored for the past week. Omens for subsequent Friday? Well Brit Denman"s stablemate wil be prohibited prime for starters, as the Down Under version used in to fourth after unwell in status quo in the shutting stages at Flemington.

Meanwhile, even the Wall Street Journal is removing prohibited underneath the neck cuff as Cheltenham looms, where the Festival attracts "all sorts, abounding and poor."

What they"re saying: Everyone is removing on the bandwagon, even Jeremy Kyle: "Tony McCoy roving Denman adds nonetheless some-more piquancy to the dual; the Gold Cup right afar has the dual majority appropriate horses and jockeys. Denman is a unequivocally great equine but to me Kauto Star is one of the majority appropriate ever. I was propitious sufficient to be at Kempton on Boxing Day and he was awesome. I think Kauto Star will win the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup."

Nicholls fact: A Nicholls one-two in the Gold Cup? He"s accomplished better. He pulled off the extraordinary attainment of saddling 7 winners and 3 seconds from his 10 runners in Nov 1998, and accomplished story when he became the initial tutor to saddle 6 winners on the same card, at Wincanton, his internal track, 4 years" ago.

-- Mar 12

AP McCoy and Denman were reunited for the initial time given they split association at Newbury last month, drill him at Ditcheat. And part-owner Harry Findlay believes the 10-year-old has his work cut out to repeat the epic 2008 win over his stablemate. Findlay said: "It was usually the second time McCoy had sat on him and it was the initial time given Newbury. Denman jumped dual hurdles, afterwards dual drill fences and afterwards dual correct fences. He was great and assertive over the initial and afterwards a small slower at the second when McCoy had to inveigle him along."

Aussie Denman eventually gets to run the Guineas Down Under this week end after torrential sleet deserted Flemington last time out. Like the "brute" British version, Denman stayed unequivocally cool in the stalls as ice pellets rained down in Melbourne. He is gunning for his 10th win from twelve on Saturday.

Meanwhile Coral have eased Denman to a tip cost of 9-2 from an strange 4-1. Kauto Star stays the 4-6 favourite, but Imperial Commander has been cut to 8-1 after attracting each-way support.

-- Mar 11

Measures to quell eremitic poise at Cheltenham will embody marshals handing out flip-flops to inebriated Festival goers. Diary is incompetent to interpret either this is an additional PR attempt - Kauto Star and Denman as a "shoe-in" for the Gold Cup perhaps? No, the Cheltenham Community Safety Partnership has come up with the thought of giving them essentially to stop women slicing their feet. Racegoers will additionally embrace messages to Bluetooth phones with recommendation on how to equivocate crime. Presumably they can kill dual birds with one mill by checking where they are going at the same time.

Simon Claisse, Cheltenham"s clerk of the course, pronounced on Wednesday that the watering cycle has been completed, withdrawal both courses both courses great to soft and great in places. He told the Racing Post: "We will see what the foresee is but if we feel that we need H2O the New march for the Thursday and Friday we can do so overnight, as we did in 2005 on the Thursday prior to Kicking King won the Gold Cup. But watering overnight brings risk, given if a complaint arises you have less time to finalise it.

If Imperial Commander wins subsequent Friday, censure this diary. For there"s some-more guarantee where Nigel Twiston-Davies"s equine is concerned. Part-owner Hugh Doubtfire believes Commander is in the form of his hold up brazen of his crack at the race. Last season"s Ryanair Chase prime was usually a nose at the at the behind of of Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in Nov but afterwards ran no sort of competition in the King George VI Chase at Kempton. Doubtfire hopes a lapse to his dear Cheltenham will see him rebound at the at the behind of of after delighting connectors when operative with streamer Champion Hurdle contender Khyber Kim progressing this week. He said: "To have a leader at the Festival was extraordinary and usually to be piece of the Gold Cup this year is illusory for us and we"re unequivocally seeking brazen to it. "I think the fast would presumably contend he"s softened than he was when he won the Ryanair."

Festival fact: Nicholls will travel in to Cheltenham with lustful memories of his 1999 exploits. He prisoner the vital follow on each of the 3 days: Flagship Uberalles scored in The Irish Independent Arkle Chase, Call Equiname in the Queen Mother Champion Chase the following day and afterwards See More Business noted took the totesport Gold Cup.

What they"re saying: Matt Dawson: "I think Denman this year as AP McCoy loves a plea and he is a innate winner."

-- Mar 10

Today is all about Kauto Star and Denman"s arch rivals. And this diary has been know to get jumpy when stating Imperial Commander"s form streamer in to the Festival. Now it"s the spin of associate 10-1 shot Cooldine to dissapoint the odds. Trained by Willie Mullins, last years RSA leader has unsuccessful to win in dual outings this deteriorate but showed a lapse to form at Leopardstown last month. Mullins said: "Some will be roving to be placed but weve got to float to win and if he isnt great enough, afterwards so be it. He put in a glorious spin of jumping at Cheltenham last year and if he jumps similar to that again, you wouldnt know what competence happen." Put down place income at your hazard is Mullins"s mantra.

So what of Imperial Commander? Nigel Twiston-Davies, his trainer, will travel in to Cheltenham opposite the contingency subsequent Friday - and corroborated up by the racing press to boot. "I beheld that I"ve crept on to the "cold" list in the Racing Post," he said. Nevertheless he"s confident of his Festival chances - notwithstanding his Gold Cup curtain not carrying run given fifth at the at the behind of of Kauto on Boxing Day. "Kauto Star looks head and shoulders on tip of the rest of them, but he"s been at the tip a prolonged time and might be he"ll proceed to feel the goods this year. I was unhappy with Denman"s opening [when descending at Newbury] last time."

The Cheltenham singular is off and using - some-more in Armytage"s diary - but won"t be accessible on CD until Mar 15. But you can download it right afar around itunes or by texting "track 5271 m" to 83262.

-- Mar 9

If internal believe is anything to go by, Denman will delight in the Gold Cup on Friday week. 747 inhabitants of Ditcheat, the encampment where Nicholls trains, have their own thoughts - similar to they have for the past 3 years. 51 per cent of internal residents are subsidy Denman, usually circumference out the 49 per cent of Kauto Star. Simon D"Offay, property owners of the Manor House Inn, the usually beer hall in the village, said: "There"s a genuine multiplication amongst my regulars but I"m in the Denman camp. Whatever happens, I"m certain we"ll all applaud over a couple of pints!"

And if anniversaries are anything to go by Kauto Star could repeat what Cottage Rake accomplished at Cheltenham 60 years ago. On this day in 1950, the great chaser accomplished a hat-trick of wins in the Gold Cup. Aubrey Brabazon rode the Vincent O"Brien-trained 5-6 favourite, who scored simply by 10 lengths from Finnure. The rider, simply well well well known as "The Brab", was a majority desired impression on the racing circuit, and additionally enjoyed Classic success on the Flat.

More headlines from Denman Down Under. The rescheduled Australia Guineas will be run this Saturday at Flemington with tutor Peter Snowdon "amazed" at how his assign managed to stay cool amd torrential weather. Dangerous ice and howling receptive to advice battered the stalls at the week end prior to racing was abandoned.

What they"re saying: Michael Owen: "Its the idealisation match: the difficult dirty AP and Denman contra the ability and aptitude of Ruby & Kauto Star. My head says Kauto Star but at the prices my wallet says Denman!"

-- Mar 8

Simon Claisse, Cheltenhams Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing, is operative to furnish preferred jumping belligerent for The Festival and hopes to proceed watering the march today. He said: "We were going to proceed watering now [Monday] but it was reduction eight Celcius last night, so we have not proposed yet. As I gave it yesterday, the belligerent stays great to soft, great in places."

The British Horseracing Authority don"t broadcast to be "Racing opposite the Machine", but it is probable that the competition could have a No 1 strike on the hands come Cheltenham. The singular "Cheltenham" - sung by 40 racing faces - was expelled on Sunday in a bid to rasise income for Riding for the Disabled, Racing Welfare and the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. "Neighbours" theme-tune bard Tony Hatch has adopted new lyrics for his strain "Downtown", that reached No 2 for Petula Clarke in 1964. Now you unequivocally can "forget all your troubles, dont think about all your cares... so go to Cheltenham". Watch the central video.

Imperial Commander has accomplished inroads with underneath dual weeks to go. Generally seen as the prime but the big two, he has been cut to 10-1 from 12-1 by Ladbrokes and William Hill, who have additionally shaved a point off Cooldine, 11-1 from 12-1.

Jump racing"s majority distinguished patrons, JP McManus, Clive Smith and Harry Findlay competence be well well well well known inside of the racing encampment but no owners at this year"s Festival will be softened well well well known over the sport"s bishopric range than James Nesbitt. Read Marcus Armytage"s interview.

Whose got the Power? Phil Taylor thinks Nicholls"s beast will win the day. "I can"t wait for for for this competition - Kauto Star is a extensive equine but Denman has Tony McCoy on house right afar and I think that will infer the disproportion on the day."

Festival fact: Nicholls is the majority successful stream handler in the Gold Cup with 4 victories. If he were to land the 2010 renewal, he would stick on the late Tom Dreaper, tutor of the mythological Arkle, as the races winning majority handler.

-- Mar 6

Champion manoeuvre Tony McCoy has gained from his fumble on Denman at Newbury. McCoy told The Morning Line: "Paul is unequivocally happy with him and says he"s in great shape. I"m unequivocally majority seeking brazen to it and patently what happened at Newbury wasn"t the plan. He probably wasn"t 100 per cent wound-up and it wouldn"t warn me if he"s a equine that does need to be 100 per cent."

He added: "He got a small bit parsimonious in to the initial one in the true and was a bit detrimental the approach he landed as he kind of slipped. He has his quirks but he"s a unequivocally great equine and I suspect all the vigour is on Kauto Star now."

Meanwhile, a torrential charge flooded Flemington racecourse inside of twenty mins to scupper Aussie Denman"s float in the Australian Guineas. The competition will right afar be run subsequent week. Any some-more storms and it is not improbable that dual horses of the same name could run 48 hours detached from each other.

-- Mar 5

Nicholls has resorted to multiform preference phrases as he combats the engorgement of questions over that of his dual charges will win the Gold Cup in dual weeks at Cheltenham. The majority appropriate of the lot came this week from an talk with Reuters. "Kauto doesn"t need as majority work as Denman. Denman is a bit of a brute... he"d sort of kill you if you see at him over the box. He"d snap your palm off. Kauto is the finish opposite, a bit of a softie. But they are great pals together."

So great they declared him twice? Denman"s Australian namesake goes for his 10th win in Saturday"s Australian Guineas. The Aussie version, owned by Sheik Mohammed, has 9 wins from eleven and could even run at Royal Ascot this year if he performs well sufficient over a mile at Flemington Park.

Sam Thomas, who memorably "did a Dettori" after winning on Denman in 2008, is seeking brazen to removing the leg up on Tricky Trickster this time. He said: "He"s got no miles on the time so there is no reason since he can"t keep on mending and he"s valid he stays spin Cheltenham that is a big plus."

Stat of the week should unequivocally fool around no piece with this diary - but it"s as well great to brush off. It concerns the age of the Ditcheat stablemates and the actuality there hasn"t been a Gold Cup leader comparison than 10 given 1969. Basically Nicholls is perplexing to grasp with his dual 10-year-old"s what has usually been accomplished by usually 6 per cent of new winners.

What they"re saying: Sam Torrance: "I think that Kauto Star will win unequivocally easily. On Boxing Day he was undiluted luminosity in 4 legged fit and I think Denman, even with the strong AP on board, will onslaught to keep him at bay."

-- Mar 4

The 5,000 scarves to foster the Kauto Star-Denman duel are you do receptive to advice business. Kauto is reportedly outselling his stablemate 60-40. Will it be by a neck come competition day?

For the record, Kauto"s scarve is immature with yellow spots and purple pieces - some-more Tellytubby than normal Cheltenham clothes - whilst Denman"s has dual shades of immature and white patches.

Taranis, who was one of five Nicholls runners for the Gold Cup, will miss the competition and the Grand National after leg trouble. The Ditcheat tutor had indicated that Sir Alex Ferguson"s What A Friend could have a Cheltenham coming if one of his quintet were ruled out.

The sport"s Racing for Change beginning has been creation the mark. So majority so that the Festival could right afar be run Wednesday-Saturday. The showpiece Gold Cup, however, will sojourn on a Friday. A receptive to advice decision.

Read Marlborough"s updated research on: Gold Cup | World Hurdle | Queen Mother Chase | Champion Hurdle

-- Mar 3

So one of the Gold Cup favourites has offically been classed as "high-risk". Denman will right afar be forced to have a pre-race veterinary check at the Festival following his disaster to finish the march on dual of his past 3 outings. He has been termed in to the difficulty on gratification drift and the British Horseracing Authority have pronounced Denman will not be given special management to miss the check-up.

Paul Nicholls, though, has played down fears. He said: "I hadn"t even thought of it but there will be no problem. The vets will usually check him over in the stables and whatever they wish to do will be fine."

Meanwhile, the Festival handicaps are suggested today. However punters - obviously revelling in the Cheltenham countdown - are in no mood to wait for for and have taken the last superfluous offerings of Denman"s 4-1. The 2008 leader is right afar a clear 7-2.

YouTube watch: Nicholls twin in winning action

--March 2

Clifford Baker, head kid at Paul Nicholls"s yard, unsuccessful to land tip billing at the Stud and Stable Staff Awards on Monday in London. That honour went to Sir Michael Stoute"s head kid Stuart Messenger for the Dedication to Racing Award. Nervertheless Baker, who has ridden See More Business, Azertyuiop, Call Equiname and now partners Kauto Star in his every day routine, is still dedicated to Nicholls at Ditcheat - ever given fasten in 1986 - and has nonetheless to miss a Cheltenham leader underneath his boss.

What they"re saying: Lawrence Dallaglio, who accomplished his Cycle Slam at the weekend, said: "For me it is as well close to call and it will unequivocally majority rely on the going. If it"s soft or worse afterwards unequivocally Denman and if it"s softened belligerent afterwards unequivocally Kauto Star! If you can find me a continue man that can be that accurate this early afterwards I"ll get off the fence."

Festival factfile: The longest-priced Gold Cup leader is Nortons Coin, who proposed at 100-1 in 1990, whilst the shortest-priced leader was Arkle, who ran out 1-10 prime in 1966. With this year"s using as well parsimonious to call, Kauto Star is doubtful to go that short - with Marlborough forecasting 7-4 on at the post.

--March 1

No earlier had Nigel Twiston-Davies voiced last week that Imperial Commander was in tip form than partner Carl Llewellyn nominated him as one of the greatest dangers to Kauto Star. The Grand National-winning supplement was aboard an unnamed younger stablemate of the nine-year-old when he was put by his paces underneath big-race manoeuvre Paddy Brennan after racing at Kempton on Saturday. Llewellyn said: "If you omit the King George afterwards he has got to have as great a probability as any one of violence Kauto Star. On their Haydock run he is no unequaled hope."

After a Racing Post check indicated that 64 per cent were opposite AP McCoy"s jockey-handling of Denman for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham after Sam Thomas lost the ride, tutor Paul Nicolls has sought to move the issue to a head. "I regularly thought someone similar to McCoy was going to fit Denman. Just given he got kick the alternative day doesn"t shift that. That"s racing, it happens, either you"re Ruby Walsh or AP McCoy."

If you"re streamer towards Denman"s odds, Betfair"s Chris Barnett believes McCoy will be undiluted on house the 2008 winner.

--February 27

The Irish Times says the Gold Cup promises to be a "recession-buster" in a Hold the Back Page mainstay that wants to be valid right on Mar 19. It hopes to be "a competition that will have people downing collection as sports lovers watch to see if Kauto Star can stick on Arkle, Cottage Rake and Best Mate whose stays are buried at the finish line as a three-time leader of the great race; or if Denman will have Walsh carrying excited nights over picking the wrong horse. This is what is great about sport, a adversary a la Ali and Frazier or Nicklaus and Palmer. And, to supplement piquancy to the total affair, Imperial Commander cant be ruled out and could nonetheless infer that 3 is a crowd."

What they"re saying:Clare Balding: "It is Denman for me. Big, strong, relentless and brave, I think he can grub the gait up from the front and take the sting out of Kauto Star."

Festival factfile: Nicholls is the second-most successful stream tutor at the Festival. The Ditcheat-based tutor has twenty-five winners whilst Nicky Henderson has saddled 34.

YouTube watch: Denman"s initial ever competition prior to fasten the Nicholls stable.

-- Feb 26

Will the Gold Cup be usually about Paul Nicholls"s star duo? Nigel Twiston-Davies, Imperial Commander"s trainer, who is a 14-1 shot, believes his equine is in rise form after a unsatisfactory run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.

Twiston-Davies said: "Forget the King George, he strike one early and did well to stay on his feet. Let"s go at the at the behind of of to his prime lane [Cheltenham] and see what happens."

Meanwhile, this year"s Festival obviously has the feel of a "champions" week of sorts. Flat manoeuvre Kieron Fallon will float in subsequent months Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham - usually the second time he will have ridden in the race.

While we"re on the flat, here"s Frankie Dettori"s prediction: "I think Kauto Star will win given he has a great cruising speed and a unequivocally great spin of foot. I unequivocally similar to the equine as he is such a adorned looker."

Read Marlborough"s ultimate research on the Gold Cup and the disdainful Ability Ratings. Racing match Marcus Armytage and HOTSPUR (J A McGrath) will additionally be giving their opinions to the special countdown.

-- Feb 25

Marcus Armytage was at Paul Nicholls"s stables as the hold up tutor non-stop his at the at the behind of of back back yard to the mass media contingent. Read how Nicholls"s big guns are all on aim for Cheltenham.


Read Charlie Brooks on since Denman should wear blinkers at the Cheltenham Festival. The equine "got a bit old and wise. Hes not concentrating and focused similar to he used to be. Hes no longer the tank. He needs a little assistance."

However tutor Paul Nicholls has ruled out the probability of Denman wearing blinkers. He said: "I know people contend we did it with See More Business when he won the Gold Cup, but he"d been jumping really bad and had usually spin naughty.

"Denman accomplished a inapplicable designation last week, but he"s in all a shining jumper."

Meanwhile, with underneath 3 weeks to go, the Channel 4 Racing group will be at Paul Nicholls"s internal village, Ditcheat, filming at a internal school. The still Somerset encampment comes alive around Cheltenham time and the internal pub, the Manor House Inn, will support for the mass media scrum when Nicholls opens his yard.


Would Denman be softened matched to Aintree than Cheltenham? Flat manoeuvre Johnny Murtagh thinks so. Nicholls has saddled 44 runners in the Grand National but second with Royal Auclair in 2005 stays his majority appropriate placing. Murtagh said: "I think Kauto Star will win as have regularly thought Denman is some-more of a Grand National horse."

If there any slow doubts as to Denman"s certification in this race, watch his fatiguing win in the 2008 Gold Cup.

Kauto Star, though, entered the story books last year when he became the initial equine in the Gold Cup to recover the pretension and he has nonetheless to finish outward the tip two.


ReadSport"s disdainful inform as David Haye, the universe heavyweight fighting champion, accomplished the outing down to Ditcheat by helicopter to take piece in a "heavyweight" print fire with the dual horses.

It is a probability to get up close and personal with the hold up horses. Both take up diagonally opposite stables (unintentionally) and it is a absolute sight. The print couple functions a provide with both 10 year-old"s personification to the cameras.

Nicholls after reveals that it will take a "monumental task" for Denman to win on Mar 19. But everyone has their own perspective on this one.


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