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Kauto Star: His 3 best performances

Following the sad news of Kauto Star's death, Timeform look back on three of the horse's best performances, as reported at the time.

 

13 Mar 09 Chl 1/16 Chase G1 26.5f Gd/Sft (t) R. Walsh 2.75 2.88 2.9/- 2KJ  
181+  
Kauto Star , the outstanding chaser of his generation, produced one of his very best performances in the blue riband of the sport, arguably the best in this race since the days of Arkle, laying to rest questions raised by his defeat here last year and ending once and for all any doubt about his place among the greats; he travelled superbly well (always handy), jumping well throughout, and quickened clear of Denman off the home turn having taken over after 3 out, running on strongly kept up to his work; even if this proves to be his last run of a curtailed campaign, he has shown himself still very much the one to beat in the top races next season.

 

26 Dec 09 Kem 1/13 Chase G1 24f Gd/Sft (t) R. Walsh 1.62 1.7 1.73/- 4KJ  
188+  
Kauto Star produced a stunning, near-perfect performance, the best of his already stellar career, his ability to cope so much better than his rivals with the searching gallop and the supreme accuracy of his jumping hallmarks of a truly outstanding chaser, the way he sauntered clear in the straight to win with seemingly a good deal left likely to live long in the memory of all those fortunate enough to witness it, this fourth straight King George success equalling Desert Orchid's tally, and in terms of performance bettering the form shown by the horse that made this race his own; so far as the Cheltenham Gold Cup is concerned, Kauto Star already has the best performance in that race in the last 40 years to his name and if he is on song - and there have been few more genuine and reliable horses in the history of the sport - he will be virtually impossible to beat, his supposed vulnerability to Denman on soft ground a red herring.

 

26 Dec 11 Kem 1/7 Chase G1 24f Good (t) R. Walsh 4 4.32 6.8/- 1jk  
179  
Kauto Star gained a scarcely believable fifth win in this event, a performance in its way every bit as perfect as his fourth victory 2 years previously, up against a top-notch opponent this time yet not allowing that one a full chance thanks in part to a more positive ride than he received, jumping faultlessly, always travelling with great economy and, having led at the eighth, soon stretching the field after the twelfth, around 4 lengths up after 4 out and maintaining the gallop over the last 3 fences; it was perhaps significant that, as well as looking in superb shape, his demeanour beforehand was in marked contrast to before this race and the Gold Cup last season, seeming much more relaxed; he is now likely to bid for a third Gold Cup, and another stunning battle ought to be in store between he and Long Run, the duo a class apart from the rest, though the feeling remains that the stiffer stamina test and likely stronger pace in the Gold Cup will suit Long Run more than him; a mention also for Paul Nicholls, whose exploits in getting Kauto Star back to such a high level clearly reflects extremely well, this win potentially the one that allows the trainer to again fend off Nicky Henderson in the title race.

 

 
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