The former stable mates from Paul Nicholls’ yard received a huge reception from the Cheltenham crowd.
Kauto Star is now being trained as a dressage horse by eventer Laura Collett and Denman has been introduced to hunting and team chasing by Charlotte Alexander.
Denman suffered a life-threatening bone and blood infection last year and spent 5 months in an equine hospital, but he has now made a full recovery and Charlotte looked to have her hands full.
The parade was the first of this year’s Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) parades, which were introduced in 2008 and are now an established part of major jump racing festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree, as well as Ascot’s King George Day in July.
“We are delighted with the response from racing audiences and the increasing popularity of these parades, they are now very much part of the major festivals’ calendar.”
Other former racehorses who also took part in the parade were:
- BLAZING BAILEY (Hunting) – Sarah Welford
- CRYSTAL D’AINAY (Team Chase/Hunter Trials) – Charlotte Burke
- MONKERHOSTIN (Hunting) – George Beilby
- BARBER’S SHOP (Showing) – Katie Jerram
- MIKO DE BEAUCHENE (Hunting) – Tracey Phillips
- LIGHTENING STRIKE (Hunting) – Sharon Francis
- DEEP REFLECTION (Showing) – Helen Newbold
- ASHKAZAR (Hunting) – Verity Murphy