Was there ever any doubt that if Denman was on form that he wouldn't absolutely destroy the Hennessy Gold Cup field on Saturday? The bookies favourite, who started the race at 2/1 from 4/1 earlier on in the week, was immaculately turned out and looked every inch the supreme being that he is.
He may have been lumbered with 12lbs over his closest rival but that didn't stop him from jumping magnificently to become only the third dual winner of the Hennessy after Arkle and Mandarin. The Paul Nicholls-trained runner who was ridden by Ruby Walsh, took the lead from Niche Market with a monster jump at the cross fence on the second circuit but was being closed down by Barbers Shop and stablemate What A Friend, the Alex Ferguson horse.
What A Friend tried to put up a fight and was there to push Denman all the way, drawing alongside him at the final fence but a jumping error saw the title slip away from him and Denman roared over the fence and on to the winning post to triumph by three and a half lengths.
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