Retired racehorse Kauto Star is put down

The retired racehorse and dressage star Kauto Star, who was trained by Paul Nicholls in Ditcheat in Somerset has been put down after fracturing his pelvis in a fall.

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Trainer says Kauto Star has had enough

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.

– Paul Nicholls, trainer writing on

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