Sam Thomas is set to be reunited with Denman when he bids to win the Hennessy Gold Cup for the third time on November 27.
Thomas was on board the 10-year-old when he took the Newbury highlight in 2007, while they also tasted Cheltenham Gold Cup glory together in 2008.
After winning the Hennessy under Ruby Walsh 12 months ago, champion jockey Tony McCoy took to the saddle for the remainder of the campaign.
But with Walsh sidelined with a broken leg and McCoy expected to be retained by his boss and leading owner JP McManus, connections have once again turned to Thomas.
Denman’s owner Paul Barber said: “I shall be very surprised if Sam doesn’t ride Denman in the Hennessy and I hope he wants to ride him.
“It was extremely good of Tony to ride him for us last year having got special permission from Mr McManus, but this year he’ll probably have one of his to ride in the Hennessy.
“We haven’t actually offered Sam the ride, but he knows all about it. The horse is in very good form.”