Kempton Park praise Kauto Star following news of retirement

08:59 01 November 2012

Kauto Star with owner Clive Smith (left) and Paul Nicholls (right)

Kauto Star with owner Clive Smith (left) and Paul Nicholls (right)


Horse Talk: Top horse-racing tips and the latest news

Kempton Park has been quick to pay tribute to Kauto Star following news of the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner’s retirement on Wednesday.

Along with his brace of Gold Cup victories in 2007 and 2009 the Paul Nicholls trained gelding won Kempton’s showpiece race, the King George VI Chase, a record five times in a career spanning nine seasons.

The 12-year-old recorded the last of his 23 victories when landing the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day in 2011 which proved to be his penultimate start and he was pulled up when attempting a third victory in the Gold Cup in March of this year.

Brian Clifford, head of racing and clerk of the course at Kempton Park, said: “Kauto Star is just the most fabulous racehorse and everyone at our racecourse who has witnessed his feats in the King George over the years feels privileged to have been here to be part of history.

“His achievements in the King George may never be equalled. He was that good. Kempton Park will certainly miss him because spectators were so excited when they saw him on the track.

“But the good news is that Kauto’s owner Clive Smith has agreed that the superstar will be here with us again on Boxing Day on parade. We will also shortly be talking to Clive about a permanent tribute to Kauto Star at the racecourse.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest football news

Friday, November 27, 2015
Mousa Dembele's 25-yard strike secured a late victory for Tottenham at White Hart Lane

All the latest stories from around London’s football clubs on Friday morning.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Mesut Ozil celebrates with Alexis Sanchez (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The ulitmate fantasy football worry is being left behind by not owning the players the rest of your league have so we’ve put together a simple guide to the most selected XI ahead of Fantasy Premier League gameweek 14.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Maksim Medvedev of Qarabag challenged by Christian Eriksen  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Spurs beat Qarabag 1-0 to qualify for the Europa League last 16 in Azerbaijan, here’s how we rated the players.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Harry Kane celebrates his second goal against West Ham on Sunday (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns over Harry Kane’s future.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Tottenham's line up in Qarabag  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino declared it was ‘job done’ after Tottenham reached the knock-out stages of the Europa League and says his medical staff will now work with the players on the flight home.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News