The anticipation before this Gold Cup – unprecedented in recent years – reached a crescendo as a sustained media frenzy stoked the rivalry between the two previous Gold Cup winners trained by Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat. 

Some shrewd commercialism saw many racegoers sporting flags, badges and scarves in the colours of their heroes, and for all the hype (and the betting!) you would have thought it was a two-horse race, with Kauto a near certainty to follow up his 2009 victory. Kauto Star and Denman however were sadly unable to follow the script! Such is the glorious uncertainty of racing.  See the photos…

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