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The manner of victory wasn’t quite so awe-inspiring this afternoon, but I was still pretty impressed with Kauto Star’s performance.
He did jump with more fluency today, other than at the first and last fences, but pulled far too hard sitting off a sleep-inducing gallop. I don’t think they could have gone much slower if they had tried, and this was almost certainly to the detriment of the Nicholls horse. It can’t be forgotten either that L’Ami was in receipt of 10lb and was just beginning to lose his grip on the winner going into the last, before (the already well-discussed) untimely error.
I maintain that he’ll improve further for quicker ground, and the guaranteed racing pace he’ll get at Cheltenham should see him in good stead. The only doubt is to whether the 3m 2.5f trip is within range, but if Ruby is confident then that’s good enough for me.