Kauto Star failed to finish the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup after jockey Ruby Walsh pulled him up minutes into the race. The 12 year old looked to be struggling less than halfway round the track. Despite his exit he was give a huge round of applause as he passed the grandstand.
Cheltenham Festival winner Synchronised was hailed a hero as he returned to the Gloucestershire village of Temple Guiting.
Gloucestershire gets a winner in Cheltenham's big race
Kauto Star could win a third Gold Cup this Friday, putting him in the history books