Glenview's Paul Cashman pays tribute to Presenting's highest-rated son Denman
The Gold Cup winner helped to establish his sire as a leading jumps influence
Rathbarry and Glenview Stud's Paul Cashman paid tribute to Denman, the highest-rated progeny of the operation's stalwart Presenting, after the 2008 Gold Cup winner passed away on Wednesday at the age of 18.
From Presenting's third crop, Denman, who was bred by Colman O'Flynn out of the Pollerton mare Polly Puttens, was one of two Gold Cup winners by the son of Mtoto, and also played a leading role in all four of Presenting's champion jumps sire titles (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11).
"Denman was massive for Presenting," said Cashman. "He was like the National Hunt version of Giant's Causeway; an iron horse. He was such a big, strong, powerful chaser and he'd be a great advert for any stallion. He was a genuine superstar and was only bred over the road from us so it was a great story."
Cashman said that breeders' interest in Presenting, who died last August aged 25, soared after Denman's crowning achievement, when he powered clear of Kauto Star to win the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup by an imperious seven lengths.
"If a horse goes and wins a Gold Cup it'll have a huge impact for any sire," he said. "The Gold Cup is the pinnacle of the National Hunt game, that's what every horse is trying to achieve.
"Presenting was still at a relatively young age when Denman won the Gold Cup, when it usually seems to be the case that the best horses come along in the twilight of a stallion's career. What he achieved was a huge thing for Presenting, no doubt"
Cashman nominated Denman's second Hennessy, a victory gained from an official mark of 174 and after being diagnosed with a heart murmur following his Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph, as his favourite memory of the horse's glittering career.
"I'd have to say the Hennessy," he said. "When he had all that weight to carry [11st 12lb], it was a huge achievement to do what he did that day.
"He was just on a different level. Only top-class racehorses do what he did, winning two Hennessys and the battle with Kauto Star, he was something out of the ordinary."
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