Denman’s best days may be behind him, but a horse with his record in the Cheltenham Gold Cup must be given the utmost respect. The term course specialist certainly springs to mind when Denman and Cheltenham are mentioned in the same sentence, as he has yet to finish outside of the first two in his eight previous runs at the challenging, undulating course.
Denman to feature in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds again
Of Denman’s eight trips to Cheltenham, half of these runs have come in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and two others have been in alternate races at the Cheltenham Festival. His safe and sensible jumping for the most part is one reason for his Cheltenham record and will continue to be a big positive, even if he is losing speed with age.
Denman odds can certainly be profitable in each-way markets
Although Denman continues to perform as consistently as ever, getting his head in front is proving more and more a difficult task. He has not won a race since landing the Newbury Hennessy betting in 2009 and often struggles to overhaul a leader or hang on after the final flight. However, three straight second-placed finishes in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is admirable form and he can finish in the first three again.
Denman’s racecourse appearances are likely to get even more sporadic as he gets older, but is likely to have at least two races each season, if nothing else to shake away any rust before the Cheltenham Gold Cup. One possible option for Denman this season is a trip to Ireland to tackle the Lexus Chase at the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown.