The Tank im­mor­talised

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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

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