Former steeplechasing champion Kauto Star has had to be put down. He sustained a complex fracture to the left side of his pelvis as the result of a fall.
Kauto Star was trained by Paul Nicholls at his stables in Ditcheat in Somerset. He twice won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the King George VI Chase no less than five times.
When he retired, he began a new career in dressage, with European medallist Laura Collett as his guide.
Devastated to announce Kauto Star sustained injury in the field, with his best interest at heart a decision was made to put him to sleep ?
Kauto Star, who won the King George VI Chase a record five times, has been put down, the Racing Post reports.Read the full story ›
Here's one report celebrating the success of Somerset-based racing legend, Kauto Star after his Boxing Day win last year.
We have had nine superb years with the horse but, after seeing him in his work these past few weeks, myself, Clifford and Dan were of the opinion that the time had arrived to retire him.
Of course, as owner, the final decision rested with Clive, but he agreed that the horse had done enough.
...And, deep down, we know he has done enough - and in some ways I think we have to protect him from himself. And maybe ourselves, too. If he did go to Kempton and win or run well, would you really want to run him - or be able to resist the temptation - in the Gold Cup?
I am not so sure.
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