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Denman set for Aon showdown

CHAMPION chaser Denman will prepare for the Cheltenham Gold Cup by running in February&rsquo;s Aon Chase at Newbury instead of heading to Ireland for the Lexus Chase.<br /><br />The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old galloped to a sensational Hennessy Gold Cup win at Newbury on Saturday and will now be giving a well-earned break, sitting out the Christmas meeting at Leopardstown.<br /><br />&ldquo;We were thinking of going to Ireland but we won&rsquo;t now he&rsquo;s won,&rdquo; said the gelding&rsquo;s co-owner Harry Findlay. <br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll go straight to the Aon. It means one less race to worry about.&rdquo;