Denman Will Not Run Again Before Cheltenham Gold Cup


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Trainer Paul Nicholls says Denman won't run again before the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March after the "Tank's" brave effort in defeat on Saturday in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury .

Denman ran close to his very best in trying to give nearly two stone to Diamond Harry and Burton Port and would have needed to run almost a stone above his career best to have won the race .

A re-production of Saturday's performance at Cheltenham on March 18th next year could well be good enough for Denman to win the Gold Cup for a second time .

Nicholls confirmed "He'll want a holiday after that, so we'll let him get over it and go straight for the Gold Cup.When he is in that form he is absolutely brilliant.We'll give him every chance to go back there (Cheltenham) with one big chance."

Denman is availabe at odds of 8/1 to win the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup with Ladbrokes who will refund if Denman does not run in the race .

There is some divergence amongst bookies as to the chances of Saturday's big race winner for the Cheltenham showpiece . Whilst Ladbrokes go as low as 8/1 for Nick Williams's rising star , Irish bookmaker Boylesports were less impressed and still offer 16/1 about Diamond Harry who has looked like he favours flat tracks in his racing so far .

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