Jockey Sam Thomas will again partner with Denman for the Hennessy Gold Cup scheduled for Saturday week.
The jockey was aboard previously guiding the ten year old to victory in the showcase event in 2007, but has not ridden the 2008 Gold Cup winner since Aintree back in April.
Denman will be attempting a third triumph in the event, but will this time carry the top weight of 11 st 12lb, with the probability that Nicholls will have another four running as well.
"Sam Thomas will ride Denman," the trainer in his column on www.betfair.com.
"Nick Scholfield will partner Taranis, Noel Fehily is on board Neptune Collonges, and Ryan Mahon gets on The Tother One.
"And if Harry Skelton is back in time from injury, he will ride Niche Market - if not, Ian Popham will."