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A “fresh” Denman has been out hunting for the first time since his life-threatening illness last year.

Rider Charlotte Alexander took the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner out with the North Cotswold on Saturday (1 March).

“He was so pleased to be out, although he was rather high spirited — as can only be expected in any horse having its first day’s hunting after a break,” Charlotte told H&H.

“He jumped a couple of sets of rails and a wall and thoroughly enjoyed seeing hounds again.”

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Denman spent 5 months in equine hospital last year, after contracting a potentially fatal blood and bone infection.

“Who would have thought 6 months ago that this was ever going to happen?” Charlotte added. “I am over the moon.”

Denman will be taking part in a parade of ex-racehorses, alongside his old stablemate Kauto Star, at the Cheltenham Festival (Tuesday 11 March).