Maria Wynne named her son Theodore Denman after the chaser won the 2008 Gold Cup.
“I’ve always loved Denman – he’s such a big, brave warrior,” she said. “When I found out my son was due in March I was furious I’d miss Cheltenham!”
Maria was also found to have a heart condition, atrial fibrillation – the same syndrome Denman had – so spent the final two months of her pregnancy in hospital. “I was hooked up to machines cheering him on,” she said.
“I had to call my son Denman. And I’d love for him to be a jockey and see him storming up the Cheltenham hill.”
H&H contributer Martha Terry refrained from naming her son after Big Buck’s
when the hurdler won his 17th consecutive race in April.
“Watching racing during the labour helped me zone out from the pain – I was tempted to give my son the middle name Buck’s,” she said.
Will there be a run on children called Frankel next?
This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (4 October 2012)