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Kauto's fate could be decided next Saturday

Kauto Star's participation in this month's Cheltenham Gold Cup could well be decided a week today, according to his trainer Paul Nicholls.

Kauto Star's mouth-watering clash with Long Run appeared to hang in the balance on Thursday evening, after it was revealed he took a heavy fall while schooling last week.

However, Nicholls gave a further update on the well-being of his stable star yesterday evening, and stressed again that Kauto Star "hasn't taken a lame step since the fall" but admitted, "like an ageing rugby player, Kauto takes a while to get over his knocks."

Kauto Star had two physio sessions yesterday and will continue to have them over the coming week or so and he cantered over 10 furlongs yesterday morning.

Nicholls added: "He will canter every day but we will not ride him out on Sunday, although he will have an hour on the walker in the morning and evening that day."

The trainer is gearing the 12-year-old up for a vital piece of work with Big Buck's next Saturday, which should determine if he'll take his chance in the Gold Cup or not.

"We will step up his work next week with a view to giving him a strong workout with Big Buck's next Saturday.

"So we could well be in a position to make a decision on Cheltenham next Sunday," Nicholls confirmed.