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Kauto trainer says horse 'fine'

Somerset-based trainer Paul Nicholls said Kauto Star, whose participation in the Gold Cup was in jeopardy following a schooling fall a fortnight ago, had returned from the race unscathed.

He said: "He's absolutely fine.

"Ruby wasn't happy after he'd jumped a couple of fences and we said if he wasn't happy to pull him up, and he's done the right thing.

"There's obviously something tweaking him."

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It's all about the Irish at Cheltenham

St Patrick's Day is this Saturday but celebrations have already begun at Cheltenham Credit: ITV West

Cheltenham Festival is celebrating its own St Patrick's Day, 2 days early.

Doran's Pride in 1995 was Ireland's last winner of the World Hurdle Credit: ITV West

The big race of the day is the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at 15.20. Big Bucks, trained by Paul Nicholls is bidding to win it for the fourth time in a row and equal the record of 16 consecutive wins over hurdles set in the 1950s.

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