Sunday 19 January 2020


Kauto Star: Will work at Wincanton
Kauto Star: Will work at Wincanton

Kauto Star will work at Wincanton on Friday as he continues his recovery from injury.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has decided to give the great chaser a gallop after racing at his local track, rather than carry out a piece of work at home on Saturday morning.

The Ditcheat handler stepped up the 12-year-old's exercise again on Tuesday and hopes that Clive Smith's pride and joy will get the chance to run in his sixth Betfred Gold Cup appear to be rising.

Kauto Star will work with Mon Parrain after racing and Nicholls, writing on his Betfair blog, is pleased with how he is progressing.

"We upped Kauto Star's work again today," the champion trainer wrote in his exclusive column at

"He had his now regular morning physio and an hour on the walker - we should bring out an exercise video, as that routine is getting so much publicity - and then we gave him his most testing workout since his schooling fall.

"We gave him two strong canters up the hill alongside my Fred Winter hopeful Ulck Du Lin.

"And again I have to report that he came through it fine and I'm happy with him at the moment.

"What particularly pleased me was that, aside from looking great, he came back from the work and had a good roll in his box, always a good sign with him. He looks happy in himself and Clifford (Baker, head lad) is smiling.

"But I can reveal that we have had a change of plan over the so-called 'D Day' home gallop on Saturday.

"He will now gallop after racing at Wincanton on Friday instead. Why the change of plan?

"Well, he had a racecourse gallop before he won the Betfair Chase and I thought it a better idea to give him a spin, and a good workout, on the grass away from home. Ruby (Walsh) will ride and he will work with Mon Parrain.

"Everyone can make their own minds up as to how he looks and works.

"And if he does come through that OK, we will look to school him on Monday morning.

"But I must stress that it is one step at a time and it is important that people don't get carried away. We aren't, just yet. but we are heading in the right direction quickly, it seems."

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