By the grand old age of 12 most race horses have lost interest. But not this one. He defies the laws of age and defies the odds. In a sport of kings, Kauto Star still wears the crown. On Friday, he could join Arkle and Best mate in the panteon of three -time gold Cup winners

It would be amazing at his age, to come back and do it. It would be brilliant for racing. He's definately found his form again this year and it would be great to see him do it.

Kauto Star could join Arkle and Best Mate as three -time Gold Cup winners Credit: ITV West

After finishing behind Long Run in last year's race it seemed the gold cup torch had been passed. Then twice this season the old champ hit back and beat the new horse on the block and his last victory on Boxing Day immediately set up a mouthwatering decider for Cheltenham.

Not even a fall whilst schooling fences at his Somerset yard last month could knock Kauto off course and his trainer Paul Nicholls hasn't written him off yet.

Trainer Paul Nicholls says the future of Kauto Star won't be decided until after Friday's Gold Cup Credit: ITV West

This year he's probably run as well as he's ever run and he's won his two big races. It'll probably be the last time he runs in the Gold Cup but he keeps breaking all the rules.

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