Denman still in Punchestown shake-up

Denman remains under consideration to travel to Ireland for next month’s Guinness Punchestown Gold Cup.

Denman remains under consideration to travel to Ireland for next month’s Guinness Punchestown Gold Cup.

The former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was runner-up for the second year in a row at Prestbury Park last week, with trainer Paul Nicholls keen to give him another run.

“He will run somewhere, but there’s not a lot for him,” said Nicholls.

“I was talking to Ruby and he said I shouldn’t be afraid of entering him at Punchestown. I know it’s right-handed, but it’s a big circuit.

“I’ve got to have a chat with Paul Barber and Harry Findlay this weekend about it, but he could definitely run again.”

Reflecting on some of the other horses from Cheltenham, Nicholls continued: “Kauto Star definitely won’t run again this season – he’s alright, but a bit stiff and sore.

“Master Minded is a bit jarred up and won’t run again either. Big Buck’s and What A Friend will go to Aintree.”

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