Denman falls in Aintree feature race

A crashing fall from Denman at the second-last fence helped Madison Du Berlais run out a comfortable winner of the totesport Bowl at Aintree today.

Denman was sent off a short-priced favourite to go one better than when chasing home stablemate Kauto Star in the Gold Cup.

However, the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old was niggled along in the early stages by Sam Thomas.

Denman still made ground to challenge Madison Du Berlais for the lead two obstacles from home, before getting it all wrong and parting company with Thomas.

David Pipe's 12-1 shot was left well clear of Exotic Dancer, passing the post four and a half lengths clear.

Exotic Dancer's stablemate, Albertas Run (11-1), filled the places.

The former made a number of bad mistakes during the three-mile-one-furlong contest and it was to his credit that he stayed on to finish second.

Denman's stablemate Star De Mohaison's race ended at the first fence as he unshipped Ruby Walsh when getting in too close.

Scudamore said: "He's very tough I was a bit worried when Denman came upsides me - but when I didn't go on, I knew he'd keep on jumping and galloping.

"Denman's a great racehorse and it's a shame to see great champion fall.

"Madison has jumped from fence to fence. He gave me a tremendous thrill.

"He's been a great flagbearer for the stable this season.

"We haven't had a good season as we would have liked, but days like this make it easier.

"He's very special to me. He's won a Hennessy and he's won for me around Aintree.

"He's been very good to me."

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