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David Thompson 19th Nov 2011 - 16:09

Kauto Star back in the Mix for King George!



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Not content with 14 Grade One wins, National Hunt legend Kauto Star threw his hoof back into the William Hill King George ring this afternoon with an incredible win in the Betfair Chase.

Following a disappointing end to last season, the 11-year-old had been an unconsidered 16-1 chance for a fifth King George win this year, but after taking the scalp of Long Run, Diamond Harry, and Time for Rupert at the Haydock track, now ranks as 4-1 second-favourite for the famous Christmastime chase.

Long Run - odds on for the three-mile event just a fortnight ago is now out to 13-8 from even-money, with Kauto's stablemate Master Minded into 5-1 from 8-1 following his Amlin Chase Ascot victory.

Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill said: ''Just when you think you've truly seen it all! Not content with rounding his career off quietly, Kauto Star has fired a warning shot into the bows of his younger rivals with an imperious win at Haydock. Looks like we'll follow the star to Kempton once again this Christmas"

Hills responded by also cutting Kauto Star's Gold Cup odds to 10-1 from 33-1, keeping Long Run their 5-2 unchanged favourite.

William Hill King George VI Chase: 13-8 Long Run, 4-1 Kauto Star, 5-1 Master Minded, 7-1 Captain Chris, 14-1 Riverside Theatre, 16-1 Somersby, Weird Al, Wishfull Thinking, 20-1 Kauto Stone, Noble Prince, 25-1 Diamond Harry 33-1 bar (EW 1/4 1,2,3)

William Hill King George VI Chase (without Long Run) 3-1 Kauto Star, 7-2 Master Minded, 9-2 Captain Chris, 10-1 Riverside Theatre, Wishfull Thinking, 12-1 Somersby, 14-1 Kauto Stone,  Noble Prince, Weird Al, 16-1 Diamond Harry, 20-1 Mon Parrain, Nacarat, 25-1 Medermit, Midnight Chase, Wayward Prince,  What A Friend (EW 1/4 1,2,3)

Cheltenham Gold Cup: 5-2 Long Run, 10-1 Kauto Star, 14-1 Captain Chris, Master Minded, 16-1 Grand Crus, Quito De La Roque, Riverside Theatre, Time For Rupert, Weird Al, 20-1 Burton Port, Denman, Diamond Harry, Wishfull Thinking,  25-1 Bostons Angel, Noble Prince, Pandorama, 33-1 Jessies Dream, Kempes, Mon Parrain, Wayward Prince, What A Friend, (EW ¼ 1,2,3)



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