Racehorse trainer Paul Nicholls has confirmed that 2008 Gold Cup winner Denman is recovering well at home after his crashing fall at Aintree last week.

Nine-year-old Denman was running in the totesport Bowl last Thursday (2 April) when he fell heavily at the second last. He got to his feet and continued to run — and jump the last — before being taken away by the horse ambulance.

He suffered a cut to his off fore leg.

Nicholls has reported that Denman is back cantering — although he won’t run again this season.

“He seems in great form,” said Nicholls. “I didn’t want to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes about how he is, but he really seems fine.

“He’s a little sore, but if it was in the middle of the season you could run him again.

“He won’t run again this season and he, [Gold Cup hero] Kauto Star and the others will be out in a field by the second week of May.”