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Charlotte Alexander has told H&H she is “so thrilled” after Denman competed in his 1st team chase at the weekend.

The pair took part in the novice at the Worcester team chase on Sunday (23 March).

“He was marvellous,” Charlotte said of the former National Hunt hero.

Denman at Worcester Team Chase - picture by Mile Freeman (xc photo's)

“I slotted him in at the back so he could have a lead, and he popped round like an old pro. Even the more tricky combinations he managed very easily. I’m the happiest girl in the world.”

Denman is now back in good health following a life-threatening blood and bone infection, which led him to spend 5 months in equine hospital last year.

“He is having such fun, which is well-deserved after everything he went through,” she added.

Denman recently demonstrated just how “well” he was feeling during parades at Newbury racecourse and at the Cheltenham Festival (pictured below).

Denman 1

“I was worried he was going to hook it [at the team chase] after all his exciting parades, but he was really good,” said Charlotte. “With the help of a combination noseband that stops him crossing his jaw, he was totally under control, although he does like to jump at speed!”

Team chase photos by Mike Freeman