Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman has been retired after picking up an injury during training for the Lexus Chase.
Paul Nicholls’ 11-year-old was set to make his seasonal reappearance at Leopardstown on December 28 but a tendon problem has ended those plans and finished the horses career.
“It is with great regret that I have to announce the retirement of Denman,” Nicholls told his Betfair column.
“A scan yesterday afternoon revealed tiny damage to his near fore tendon, so this morning marks the end of an era for Ditcheat.”
Nicholls continued: “Denman was great on Wednesday morning as he worked towards his intended start in the Lexus later this month, but he pulled up a little bit sore yesterday morning and Clifford wasn’t happy with him.
“So we called Buffy (our vet) in to scan him at 4pm yesterday afternoon, and that revealed the problem with his near fore tendon.
“We immediately informed his owner Paul Barber who, after consulting those close to him, took the decision to retire him.
“It was the only course of action to take.”