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Does this herald the end of an era for Kauto Star?
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posted Jan 15, 2011
Paul Nicholls was very downbeat when being interviewed by Channel 4, many of his answers were in the past tense, maybe the most telling was "it has been a pleasure to train him" rather than the 'it is a pleasure to train him' that you might have expected him to say.
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Let him run at Cheltenham so he can finish as he deserves in the enclosure. If we are worried about injuries then we might aswell stop racing now. Injuries and tragedy are part and parcel of most sports. Kauto deserves his last Hurrah, and at 11 who's to say that he can't bounce back? He has done it before. As have others.
As I said last year, I would have let him win his 5th KG and retire him on a high. Whether he would have done so with Ruby on board we'll never know but I wouldn't subject him to another Gold Cup. Today should have been his swan song. The great star owes us nothing.
Give him one more shot in the Gold Cup! Was never fluent today, and if he is well at home and sparkling why not. Nicholls knows better than anyone and won't race him if Kauto is saying "enough". Even at his age, still reckon Kauto can turn the result around over Long Run. Takes a lot of luck and a special horse to win a Gold Cup on the day, he has a fighting chance still if he still wants it.
There are still a few good races left in Kauto Star.Remember he had some very good horses behind him today and surely would have finished alot closer if not for making that bad jump.He could quite easily win another race at the festival but not The Gold Cup Im afraid.
I would retire him to be honest. He is not going to win the Gold Cup based on his last 3 runs and his horrible fall in last year's GC is still fresh in my mind. He owes nobody anything and deserves a long and happy retirement.
I was there!Typical luck have won on him about 14 times lost three times and today was the first time liveStill got a good photo of him and I've won plenty and had a lot of fun and excitement over the years following himHe would have hammered that field at his best. However, one problem with him getting older is they have raced him less and you could see he was short of race fitness todayWell there is a saying in Africa, the lion gets older. But some people revel in an athlete or horse being past it. You wouldn't think he could do much in the Gold Cup of today but still worth a shot, although would also hate to see him hurt...yes its part and parcel of the sport but it would be a shame to end in that way
Retire him as a great champion.As someone has already said we don't want the same fate as Best Mate.
It was quite a downbeat Paul Nicholls after the race. I think he deserves a run in the Gold Cup and I wouldnt be surprised after that if they retire him. With Ruby back up top at Cheltenham whos to say he wont win the gold cup? I think Ruby gets the best out of Kauto..and will put right last years fall.
Sad sad day but at least Kauto came back ok. Still I maintain that AP although the greatest jockey of all time, does not get on with every single horse and he does not seem to get on well with these great steeplechases such as denman and kauto. Why oh why was AP riding him so close up with the pace, almost leading at times, ruby would have sat and sat and just waited. Then AP taking him very wide and pushing him into several fences and driving him. AP is a great jockey and has won me lots of money over the years but this was not a great ride. Still don't think kauto would have won but going to two out he was closing on long run and you never know. Kauto thanks for all the memories
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