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Kauto Star - Cheltenham - 13.3.2009

Out on his own: Kauto Star wins his second Gold Cup from Denman (right)

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Kauto Star reclaims Cheltenham Gold Cup

HE may hail from humble origins, but Kauto Star confirmed himself one of the best staying chasers of the modern era after reclaiming the Cheltenham Gold Cup in most impressive fashion today.

The nine-year-old son of Village Star travelled sweetly and jumped fluently behind the front-runners Neptune Collonges and Snoopy Loopy throughout the early stages of the race.

When he took up the running three fencesfrom home, the result never looked in any doubt and he powered up the hill to record a 13-length victory over Dennan, who he had finished second to in the race last year. His jockey Ruby Walsh said immediately after the race that he was the best horse hehad ever ridden.

Kauto Star was bred by Henri and Marie-Louise Aubert at their small stud farm near Le Lion d'Angers in western France. His sire, Village Star, was an Andre Fabre-trained son of Moulin who won the 1988 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

Kauto Star is by far and away the most noteworthy runner sired by Village Star, who died in 2003.

His dam, Kauto Relka, is out of the Mill Reef sire Port Etienne.  Kauto Star is her only black-type performer to date, but she has several young horses who could yet emulate their half-brother. 

They include Kauto Relko, a five-year-old With The Flow gelding, Kauto The Kid, a four-year-old Saint Cyrien gelding, and Kauto Stone, a three-year-old colt by With The Flow.







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