A people’s favourite who forged an incredible and exciting rivalry with Kauto Star.
With memorable wins in the 2007 Hennessy Gold Cup and of course the majestic 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Denman is believed by many to be the best steeplechaser of the modern era.
In the summer of 2008 Denman suffered from heart problems and required an operation to correct them. Despite making an unlikely comeback to racing after these issues, he was understandably never quite the same horse afterwards, although he still put in some brave performances which only Kauto Star could beat.
Denman finally retired in December 2011 following a further injury sustained in training.