Denman made honourary member of Walking With The Wounded
Today, Karl Hinett and Jaco Van Gass – part of the 2012 Walking With The Wounded Everest Summit Team – presented the recently-retired equine star Denman with a commemorative rug honouring his outstanding racing career.
Karl and Jaco were present at the stables of Paul Nicholls, trainer of Denman, ahead of this weekend’s racing highlight “Betfair Super Saturday” at Newbury Racecourse, where a race has been renamed in Denman’s honour; The Betfair Denman Chase.
Jaco Van Gass, part of the Everest Summit Team comments: “It was incredible to meet Denman today and to be able to take a little bit of Denmania back to Hedley Court for the lads that can’t get out to Newbury Races this Saturday. We’ve made him an honorary member of Walking With The Wounded, as he’s a soldier in his own right. Thanks also to Paul Nicholls for his kind words of support.”
The Walking With The Wounded Everest summit team Martin Hewitt, Jaco Van Gass, Karl Hinnett, David Wiseman and Francis Atkinson will be present at Newbury Racecourse on Betfair Super Saturday, 11 February. The second race, live on Channel 4, has been generously re-named by Betfair in recognition of the Everest 2012 Expedition and is now called the Betfair supports Walking With The Wounded Handicap Hurdle, with the trophy presentation being made by HRH Prince Harry, Patron of the Everest 2012 Expedition.
A favourite with the public and labeled by many as “The Tank” for his relentless gallop, Denman won 15 races including two Hennessy Gold Cups (2007/2009) and the Aon Chase (2008), both held at Newbury Racecourse, as well as the blue riband of Jump racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2008). In total, he won over £1 million in prize money.
As a friend of Walking With The Wounded, you can get special discounts for the races this Saturday by following the link here.