The Tank immortalised
ONE of the most spectacular racehorses of all time has been immortalised in bronze in time for the Cheltenham Festival (see page 78). Tristram Lewis’s sculpture of Denman, the 2008 Gold Cup winner, will be unveiled this week in an exhibition at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London SW1 (until March 24, 020–7235 9667; www.osg.uk.com).
The story of the huge liver chestnut’s rivalry with his lighterframed stablemate, Kauto Star, captured hearts—the pair ran against each other in the Gold Cup four times—and when his relentless galloping style (he was nicknamed ‘The Tank’) wore down rivals in the 2009 Hennessy Gold Cup, Newbury racecourse erupted.
Art has become Mr Lewis’s second career and it was a model of Brown Jack by Munnings—he’s working on the first fully illustrated biography of the artist—that inspired him to sculpt.
Mr Lewis met Denman in the Beaufort hunting field, where he’s in retirement. ‘I loved the horse and asked Charlotte [Alexander, his rider] if I could make a model of him. We agreed that it should be his calm self in repose. Denman has met his model and nuzzled his approval.’ KG