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We won't see likes of Kauto again

Longevity has defined the Arkle of our generation

I don't think there was any racing enthusiast that wasn't shouting for Kauto Star yesterday and they were not disappointed. To win five King Georges is just incredible and he is a horse that I don't think my generation will ever see again.

I was naturally delighted for Ruby, but it was great that he won the five on him, because as a jockey sometimes you have to sit out one through injury, but for a horse and jockey to win the race five times is unbelievable.

The horse is 11 years of age and I think a lot of people would have thought after he was third in the Gold Cup in March that he should have been retired, but fair play to Paul Nicholls.

I think it was a sad sight for everyone at Punchestown last year to see Kauto Star canter back up the straight after being pulled up and I don't care what anybody says now, whether they like it or not, everybody said at the time, ‘Jesus, Kauto is gone'.

Everybody asked the question and said that was the end of Kauto Star.

People will compare Kauto Star and Arkle now. He is certainly the Arkle of this generation, but his longevity does make him very special.

Arkle had to carry a lot of weight in his races and I understand that, but Kauto Star is 12 next week and he's been going ever since he was five. That is incredible really.

Ruby was just over the moon last night. Everybody was just hoping and wishing, rather than confident that it would happen, but he beat Long Run fair and square and there could be no excuses.

Jumps

Kauto put in some fantastic jumps and maybe Long Run just doesn't jump as well, and you have to imagine that for a horse who likes to go left handed, you have to question now what horse is going to put it up to Kauto Star in the Gold Cup.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's Lexus at Leopardstown, I suppose it'll be very interesting to watch how the race develops.

Quito De La Roque is favourite and probably a worthy one after his win in Down Royal. I think Colm Murphy is just a great trainer and the fact that he missed the John Durkan may play into his strengths as he'll be fresh and ready, although Rubi Light will not make life easy for him.

I don't think at the moment that there is a real Gold Cup winner in Ireland, but Quito De La Roque and Rubi Light have the opportunity tomorrow to prove me wrong and I hope they do but at the moment, if I was to pick any horse to put it up to Kauto in the Gold Cup, it would be Long Run.

It was a pity to see Bog Warrior take such a crashing fall in the novice chase yesterday and fingers crossed he'll be alright after it.

His owners got some compensation, however, with a good day across the three meetings.

Sir Des Champs won in dramatic style at Limerick, and although Emmet seemed to be niggling away and under pressure when Knockfierna ran out at the second last, that is the type of horse Sir Des Champs is and he'd only ever do enough.

Tomorrow I think Last Instalment will win the Grade One novice for Philip Fenton and keep their good run of form going.

In the Christmas Hurdle I like Willie's horse Mourad. He's a horse I have been fortunate enough to ride a couple of times and he has ran well in some very good races.

The ground at Leopardstown is definitely no worse than yielding and that is a shade quicker than he'd appreciate, but he has some very good form in the book, he's classy and is a real out-and-out stayer.

Unfortunately, I was out of luck yesterday in the bumper but The Mighty Milan ran a good race.

The winner was very impressive and it rode a very good race and I'd be surprised if the first five home didn't win plenty of races.


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