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Nic Ladds 16th Jan 2011 - 14:51

Kauto Star - Ride on or retire?

Trainer Paul Nicholls has stated the 11-year-old gelding is not set to retire and will indeed continue to race racing following Saturday's defeat in the William Hill King George VI.

The Racing Post's morning headline was that Kauto had suffered a slight bleed after the third place finish at Kempton, but is now thought to be fine and as such will continue on course in the attempt to clinch a third Gold Cup in March.

Trainer Paul Nicholls only sees the Superstar's defeat as a hiccup  "I can reveal that when he got back and stuck his head in the water bucket, Kauto bled from both nostrils" Nicholls told his Betfair column.

"I can tell you now that reports of his demise are somewhat exaggerated and there is no talk of retirement here. I have just spoken to Clive. We agreed it gives us a bit of challenge with the horse and hopefully we, and most importantly, the horse will rise to it."

Though the loving public may disagree.

Kauto Star is only an 11-year-old, but after so many years at the top of his game, some feel now is the time for the gelding to enjoy a lengthy retirement, do the after dinner circuit and go down in history as one of the finest.

After all, racing fans only want to protect one of the greatest and with memories of Best Mate still raw, the discussion will continue for some time to come.

Should Kauto Star hang up his shoes now, or go on for that final Gold Cup fling?



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