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Nic Ladds 11th Feb 2010 - 22:15

William Hill braces itself for War of the Wolds

Of all the titanic battles that Cheltenham (Also know as the Cotswolds - the heart of England) has seen over the years, we may be about to see the biggest one yet as on Friday 19 March the racing world braces itself for the third instalment of Kauto Star versus Denman in the Gold Cup.

Since Kauto Star won his first Gold Cup in 2007 the racing world knew it had found something special and it has been proved right as this wonderful beast has gone on to add three King George's, a couple of Tingle Creek's and a second Cheltenham prize to his ever growing CV.

Then in 2008, just when Kauto backers were already dreaming of spending their Gold Cup winnings, Paul Nicholls unleashed another superstar in the shape of Denman who went on to jump his stable mate in to the ground in one of the most stunning displays that Cheltenham has seen.

After an injury plagued start to the season all but robbed Denman of his chance in the great race last year, Kauto went on to claim his second Gold Cup and racing fans all over the world thought it could be the end for Denman who many feared would not be the same horse after his injury and certainly now not able to compete with Nicholls' two - time Gold Cup champion.

Any doubts the masses had were soon forgotten as Denman shouldered top weight in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury to put in a trademark stunning display of jumping and put himself right back in to the frame for the big race at Cheltenham and have Kauto Star backers quaking in their boots about if their hero could stave off a challenge from a Denman on top form.

Unsurprisingly these two horses dominate both the betting market and the headlines in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival with excitement about Friday's show down one of the most anticipated events in recent racing history.

You don't have to wait much longer, in just a few short weeks we will find out which of these great horses will be covered in glory. So which camp are you in? Team Kauto Star or Team Denman?

Everyone's got their opinion and everyone's got their favourite and one thing for sure, the racing world is bracing itself for one of the most sensational battles it has ever seen.



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