Denman gets permanent memorial at Newbury Racecourse with specially designed wrought iron gates
Denman, the only horse since Arkle to win the Hennessy Gold Cup twice, is to be permanently remembered at Newbury Racecourse with a specially commissioned set of gates bearing his name.
The memorial to the legendary chaser will stand at the North Entrance and will be officially opened on Saturday 9 February, Betfair Super Saturday when the Grade 3 Betfair Denman Chase, the race which has carried his name since 2012, will be run.
In recording his second victory, which followed a spell out of training due to a heart condition, he produced one of the most memorable performances of the modern era, winning from what seemed an improbable handicap mark of 174.Denman emulated Arkle by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup - now renamed the Ladbrokes Trophy - in 2007 and 2009.
Popularly known as ‘The Tank’, Denman was owned by Paul Barber and the late Margaret Findlay and trained by Paul Nicholls. He also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2008, defeating stable mate and rival Kauto Star.
The new gates have been designed and made in a collaboration between equine sculptor Charlie Langton and local blacksmith Guy Clarkson. They form part of the near complete £20million ‘heartspace’ redevelopment at Newbury Racecourse which is transforming the racecourse for horses, horsemen and racegoers.
They will be officially opened by owner Paul Barber, Harry Findlay and Paul Nicholls - as well as others closely associated with the legendary chaser.
Paul Barber: “I am touched that Newbury Racecourse has chosen to permanently commemorate Denman in such a fitting way. Put simply, he was the horse of a lifetime.”
Trainer Paul Nicholls: “Denman was an awesome horse who the public came to love because of his wholehearted approach to racing. He was a formidable competitor, particularly at Newbury where he won five times. He had an iron will and it feels appropriate that he is to be remembered with this magnificent set of gates.”
Julian Thick is Chief Executive of Newbury Racecourse: “Denman meant a lot to so many and he is synonymous with Newbury, marked by two Hennessy Gold Cup wins, a runaway win in what is now the renamed Denman Chase as well as two Novice chases."
"We are looking forward to welcoming those who were associated with him to officially open the gates and are delighted to have commissioned an appropriate and permanent way of remembering a very special horse.”
Of his fifteen races between his first outing - winning an Irish point-to-point in March 2005 - and March 2008, Denman won 14 and came second in the other. His last race was at Aintree in April 2011.
Betfair Super Saturday will see Britain’s richest handicap hurdle take place on the day worth £155,000 in prizemoney.
You can take advantage of a special £15 Grandstand ticket offer, which includes a free drink, available until 5pm on Friday 1 February 2019. Visit newburyracecourse.co.uk or call 01635 400 15.