DONCASTER RACECOURSE: Kauto was Star of track

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SO ANOTHER legend of the equine world has run his last race.

After the retirement of Frankel last month, following his record fourteenth career win, a fitting end to a career in which he was never beaten, the big news of the past week is that of the retirement of Kauto Star.

Twelve-year old Kauto Star, winner of two Cheltenham Gold Cups and five King George VI Chases, has run his final race, with trainer Paul Nicholls announcing the decision last Wednesday.

Connections of the horse have been considering his retirement for some time, but with Kauto still showing some of the energy and ability that he has displayed throughout his stunning career, it was never going to be an easy decision to arrive at no matter when it was taken.

However, the legendary chaser’s owner Clive Smith, and champion trainer Nicholls have decided that the time is right to bring to a close what has been a remarkable career.

Nicholls had said in September, that thought was being given to giving Kauto Star one last run in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day, but after seeing him on the gallops throughout October, he feels now is the right time to retire the gelding.

Questions were asked, of course, last summer after Kauto Star had to be pulled up in the 2011 Punchestown Gold Cup.

But after a stunning comeback in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, followed by a famous win to take the King George yet again, the time was certainly not right then for Kauto to walk away from his illustrious National Hunt career.

His retirement comes on the brink of the start of the jumps season.

We have our final flat racing of season taking place here tomorrow the November Handicap, before we complete the work to the course to get the jumps season underway.

Our first National Hunt action begins on Friday, November 30, with our Ice Cream Direct UK National Hunt meeting.

For more information about the November Handicap, or the forthcoming Jumps season racedays at Doncaster Racecourse, or to buy tickets, go to www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call 01302 511 918.