FLASHBACK: Denman wins on Newbury’s Super Saturday
This weekend Newbury will host yet another brilliant ‘Super Saturday’ with a card that features big hitters Altior and Native River alongside some well established youngr pretenders in the shape of Kalashnikov and Dynamite Dollars.
At 3pm the heavyweights will contest the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase, where former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River is strong favourite to defend the crown that he won in both 2017 and 2018.
Back in 2008, the race was known as The Aon Chase with ‘The Tank’ Denman lining up as 1/4 favourite and he didn’t disappoint.
Entries for the Betfair Denman Chase have been reopened until tomorrow morning. Want to know why the race ended up being named in honour of this amazing performer? Perhaps this replay of the 2008 contest will help jog your memory #TheTank #onehorserace 🐎#BetfairSuperSaturday pic.twitter.com/ptHxAQpzBr
— Newbury Racecourse (@NewburyRacing) February 5, 2018
Denman loved the Newbury course throughout his career taking to the scenic Berkshire track in 7 of his 19 career starts, winning 5 of those and landing two Hennessy Gold Cups (now the Ladbrokes Trophy). In the process he became the only horse since 1965 to achieve the rare double. Such was his status that in 2012 the race was renamed the Denman Chase in his honour; while in November last year Newbury officially opened the Denman Gates, a permanent memorial to the legendary chaser and an homage to his exploits over a glittering 6-year career.
Altior Back in Action
This year’s Super Saturday Card also features the Betfair Exchange Chase with an equally vaunted chaser, Altior, getting a run-out ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. A typical Altior performance will likely propel the 10-year-old back to the head of the Queen Mother Champion Chase market and set tongues wagging as to whether he can beat young pretenders Defi Du Seiul and Chacun pour Soi in defence of his crown.
The first race at Newbury’s Betfair Super Saturday is at 1:15pm (gates open at 11:00am) and live coverage starts on ITV4 at 1:30pm.