Kauto Star RIP
The brilliant racehorse Kauto Star has been put down after pelvis and neck injuries received from a fall in a paddock.
Trained by Paul Nicholls his career brought 5 wins in the King George VI Chase at Kempton’s Christmas meeting and two Gold Cup victories at Cheltenham, the first ever to retain the coveted steeple chase title.
The 15-year-old had been retired from the track in 2012 after a final run in the Gold Cup that season and was a winner of 23 races from 41 race course starts amassing over GBP 2m in prizemoney for owner Clive Smith.
Kauto Star continued in the spotlight away from the track under Laura Collett for whom he campaigned in dressage events and has a huge following within the racing fraternity and will now be hugely missed by supporters and fans across the Racing world.
Collett said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to have been involved with him and had him in the yard. It’s just horrendous. He was out in the field, the same field he was out in every day, we don’t really know what happened, but he injured his neck and pelvis and sadly had to be put to sleep.”
Owner Clive Smith “It’s all very, very sad. He was put out to grass, as in fact he always was, even at Paul’s. He was put out for weeks at a time there. I saw him on Friday and by that time he’d had what appeared to be a mild injury, but things gradually changed.
“The vets report was brilliantly handled by Hattie Lawrence of the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn.”
“Although he made an improvement and rallied, as he always did in races, on Monday morning it was very bad.
“When I saw him yesterday afternoon, he was lying there and I fed him some grass and stroked him and tried to spend the last few minutes with him.
Social media is as expected awash with tributes for the incredible horse who displays all the qualities of a true champion.
Paul Nicholls – on his Betfair Blog
Kauto Star was so well named because he quickly became a steeplechasing legend, without question the best since the mighty Arkle.
It is only natural for every trainer to dream of having a great champion. Kauto Star joined me in the summer of 2004 and achieved an amazing amount of success at the highest level over eight seasons that saw him twice battle back from serious injury before the fall while schooling that ended his career in 2012.
Now he has gone and we are left with so many outstanding memories.
I always hoped that he would stay with us in retirement at Ditcheat and I don’t mind admitting I’ve badly missed seeing his head over the door of his old box these past three years.
For me there will never be another one like Kauto Star. He was a once in a lifetime horse
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