Kauto Star to race this season

Updated: August 11, 2011

Clive Smith has said that his top chaser Kauto Star is likely to continue racing this season. The four-time King George winner and dual Cheltenham Gold Cup victor was pulled up at the Punchestown Festival on his last racecourse appearance in May.

At the time it was suggested that the horse may have run his final race but no decision was made. Now Smith has said that Kauto has returned to training at Paul Nicholl’s and connections will decide on his future once he begins heavy work.

“He’ll have some light training and we’ll bring him up to regular training,” Smith told At The Races. “Clifford Baker will be on him all the time and if he gives us the right signs and Kauto is showing a lot of spark, then we will look for a race for him.

“It will be the right race and I can assure everybody that he will never be pushed too far. If ever he shows any sign of not being right then we’ll retire him straight away.”

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