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  • #20609
    CrustyPatch
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    Great to see Kauto Star crowned the King of Kempton today.
    Superb performance by the horse. Magnificent for the sport. Better than his Haydock heroics.
    He did it against the odds, with lots of people queueing up to write him off not so long ago.
    Great for the sport.
    Nice to see Sam "Wally" Cohen get his come-uppance too.
    Well done Kauto.

    #384175
    Kenh
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    Nice to see Sam "Wally" Cohen get his come-uppance too.
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    Why oh why do you have to ruin your post with such a horrible, nasty comment ?

    #384183
    CrustyPatch
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    Kauto Star is the undoubted hero of the day. That’s for certain and how it should be.
    Let’s hope he can do it again at Cheltenham to prove the point. That really would be something to celebrate and it would be against the odds there as well. Who can tell what the end of the fairy story will be?
    Can Kauto defy the odds, history, the doubters and his age again?
    Well done to Paul Nicholls and the entire team. He certainly has the Midas touch with the old warrior.

    #384185
    phil walker
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    What can I say? What a brilliant performance from a great horse, my voice is still sore from yelling it home from in front of my televiion set! Well done to Paul Nicholls and connections.

    Just hope that we get to see Master Minded run again, but it does sound as though the horse has suffered a bad injury. The highs and lows of racing.

    #384190
    CrustyPatch
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    I see from the Racing Post that Betfred responded after the King George by cutting Kauto Star to 4-1 (from 10-1) for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Long Run unchanged at 5-2.
    The betting didn’t exactly fill you with confidence for Kauto Star today but he managed to come up trumps against the more-fancied Long Run.
    It’s going to be more difficult to confirm today’s superiority, with all the other myriad difficulties that Cheltenham produces, but it would be great to think Kauto could reach even greater pinnacles of success after today before earning a long and honourable retirement.

    #384211
    moehat
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    Am in total awe of what I saw today, and can’t believe that I was screaming for a horse to beat my beloved Dessie’s record in the race. The S.O.’s mother said ‘you must be very disappointed’ [we’d both backed Captain Chris] and couldn’t understand that I was happy to lose my money, but a see a true legend of the sport win for an unprecedented fifth time. I found it hard to understand what Ruby meant when he said his jumping had never been so good [when he pulled up in Ireland], but it is. At the age of 11 he really has become ‘the perfect racehorse’.

    #384244
    Getzippy
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    Best jumping horse ever!

    Pure theatrical viagra.

    OK, I knicked that. :wink:

    Zip

    #384254
    broadsword
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    I know what you mean Moe – I adore Kauto but could not see him repeating his Haydock heroics so soon and had a lumpy bet on Long Run. Couldn’t watch the race, tuned in to commentary and found myself walking down the Fulham Road yelling "Come on Kauto!" into the mobile.

    Just seen the race. Legend , superstar, all-time great…roll on Cheltenham.

    #384258
    CarryOnKatie
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    Fingers Crossed, the team at Ditcheat can get him to Cheltenham in one piece. (My wife got me Gold Cup tickets for Xmas :D

    For a horse who early on was perceived as a slightly dodgy jumper, I’ve rarely seen a better round of jumping then on his last two runs.

    To still be beating the best at nigh on his 12th birthday and for such longevity has to put him up there with the all time greats.

    #384283
    Hurdygurdyman
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    No offence but Kauto Star was crowned King of Kempton a long time ago and is a bit more than The Hero Of The Day.

    There hasn’t been a horse like him since Golden Miller. Nothing since he won 5 Gold Cups has even comes close to achieving what he did only Kauto Star can claim that.

    Had something not been dreadfully wrong with Kauto back in January he would be the proud owner of 6 King George’s.

    Arkle may well have outdone him had he not been injured and he was the better horse but facts are facts Kauto Star over all has achieved more than he did.

    The thing is there’s nothing to say he can’t come back and win yet another King George which would without doubt have the roofers at Kempton working overtime to bolt the roof back on the stands.

    Simply amazing horse who has given so much pleasure to so many.

    #384284
    mattrowland16
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    For me the best scene I saw all day was just after Kauto won the race and Ruby lent over to give Kauto a hug and a kiss. Really shows you how much Kauto means to him. Take a look.

    6:25

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcZ9ooQdzLo

    #384292
    Admiralofthefleet
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    Funny thing is in his last two races he has run more like Denman, up front and turning the screw from miles out with superior jumping and galloping. Fantastic scenes today, I was in floods. Good old boy

    :D

    #384301
    Miss Woodford
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    Joe Clancy wrote a very nice article for the Steeplechase Times about Kauto.
    http://www.st-publishing.com/cms2/index … george-win

    #384304
    Kenh
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    Joe Clancy wrote a very nice article for the Steeplechase Times about Kauto.
    http://www.st-publishing.com/cms2/index … george-win

    Thanks for posting that. A lovely article.

    #384307
    Admiralofthefleet
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    Anyone else think it was cute that they made him a special winners commemorative rug in case he actually did it?

    #384312
    Hurdygurdyman
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    Funny thing is in his last two races he has run more like Denman, up front and turning the screw from miles out with superior jumping and galloping. Fantastic scenes today, I was in floods. Good old boy

    :D

    Maybe not quite like Denman but it certainly had me wondering why were they doing that.

    Paul Nichols seems to have accepted that Kauto cant quicken like he used to so he’s using his high cruising speed to get everything else at it and hopefully nothing getting to him. It’s worked a treat twice on flat tracks but sad to say it’s doubtful he’d last out the trip at Cheltenham trying those tatics.

    Must be said nothing matters now. No one can expect him to go on forever but once again he’s proved all the doubters wrong and what a way to go out if he never saw a racecourse again.

    PS Cracking article written by Joe Clancy, thanks!

    #384373
    CrustyPatch
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    Kempton normally has about as much atmosphere and cheer as the annual meeting of the Association of Funeral Directors and Embalmers but it was a different story yesterday with Kauto Star winning his fifth King George.
    Having just watched the full Channel 4 coverage, commentator Simon Holt certainly found exactly the right words as usual for Kauto Star’s victory.
    "Kauto Star is turning the screw….Kauto Star another perfect jump….he’s being roared on….Kauto Star, can he be the king of kings?….a sporting sensation here….the jumping hero becomes a legend here at Kempton Park….a perfect performance by horse and rider….and evergreen at the age of 11….it’s truly remarkable."
    Channel 4 did the big day well, I thought.

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