McCoy pays tribute to Kauto Star
One great to another AP McCoy, recently retired great of the saddle has been expressing his views on the sad passing of Kauto Star as the new emerged today that the 15 year old special chaser was put down after sustaining an injury in the paddocks.
McCoy rode Kauto Star when beaten by Long Run in the 2010 King George ( ran in Jan 2011 ) but was full of praise for all concerned with the stellar career.
“It is very sad news. He was the greatest steeplechaser of the modern era. The record proves that.”
“Winning five King Georges and two Gold Cups and winning the Tingle Creek over two miles is an amazing feat. He was great credit to Paul Nicholls as a chaser, to keep producing him time and time again. He had an horrific fall at Cheltenham in the Gold Cup and to get him back and win another King George after that was an amazing feat.”
“He had what a lot of those great racehorses have and those great sportsmen have – a great will to win and a great heart. He was unbelievably tough as well. He was a horse with a lot of class, Ruby made him look like the amazing horse that he was. They were very well matched.”
“I’ve seen him on a regular basis up at Laura Collett’s and he was enjoying his retirement and was amazingly well looked after. In retirement, I think it was better he was doing something than doing nothing.”
“Best Mate was probably the best Gold Cup horse we’ve seen since Arkle, because he won three of them, but to win five King Georges – I always thought Desert Orchid was the best horse I’d see in my lifetime, but Kauto Star achieved even more than him.”
“It’s very tough for everyone that’s been involved with him and it’s sad for racing as he was a great ambassador for the sport and the sport needs horses like him. He showed the sport to its very best.”
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