Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kauto Star Retired

Farewell Kauto Star, the pleasure's been all ours

Two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and steeplechase legend Kauto Star has been retired by trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith.  Regular rider Ruby Walsh describes his relationship with the most successful National Hunt competitor of this era here.  In addition to his victories in the prestigious Gold Cup, Kauto Star won the the King George VI chase 5 times and a total of 16 grade I races in his nine year career, that included 23 wins in 41 starts and earnings of L2, 375,883.

While races over hurdles and fences is a fringe activity on the American horse racing scene, it's the focus of fans from the fall to early spring in the British Isles.  The Cheltenham Festival at Prestbury Park on the edge of the glorious Cotswolds is one of the premier European sporting events, attracting an army of Irish punters and other racing fans from all over the world.

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