I think it is fair to say I’m not a huge Horse Racing guy. I work for a company who deals in Horse Racing but I keep the sport at an arms length but today I actually switched away from the football to watch the King George VI Stakes at Kempton Park for one reason and one reason only – Kauto Star.
This horse is something special but the past year hadn’t been impressive. Was he finished? Was it just nostalgia that was drawing the punters in? Could he go from being a great horse to a truly special horse? He won the race in 2006 and again in 2007, 2008 and 2009 before not making the grade last year. He also fell short in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It looked like he might be done.
Then a few weeks back he won the Betfair Chase and looked very good in doing so and the punters flocked back. He went off today as 2nd favourite behind Long Run who left as Evens.
Over the next 18 fences Kauto Star would show us all that he wasn’t done as he won by a length and a half and jumped absolutely majestically. It was like watching Colin Jackson in his pomp. Every jump was perfect and every landing was crisp. Several times he jumped level with another horse but would land a length ahead just on the strength of his jumping ability.
I’m still not a Horse Racing fan but I am a sporting fan and when there is someone or in this case something special then I will tune in to watch. I can assure you that if Kauto Star is fit and runs in the Cheltenham Gold Cup I’ll be watching to see if he can win again in March.
The bookies don’t know what to price him at as he is as long as 7s and as short as 3s to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the time of writing.
Kauto Star. What a horse.
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