Clive Smith ‘devastated’ over Kauto setback

Updated: March 2, 2012

Clive Smith, the owner of Kauto Star spoke on Thursday night of his ‘devastation’ that his pride and joy may now not make it to the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16th.

Smith, who was feet away from Kauto Star when he took a crunching fall in a schooling session last week, also feels that the news of the incident could have come out earlier.

Speaking to the Racing Post he said “”I’m unhappy and devastated about the whole thing. Kauto Star is fine in himself, but he’s bruised and probably stretched one or two muscles he might not have wanted to.

“He was in the schooling ring and he just touched one of his jumps, took a tumble and went down. I was standing three or four yards away. It was very sad. I just don’t know if he’ll make the Gold Cup, I’ve got to take the advice of the experts – the vets.

“He’s in very good hands of course, the whole team down at Ditcheat are working on him giving him treatment and massages and Buffy (Shirley-Beavan) the vet is really looking after him as is Clifford Baker and Paul Nicholls.

“We’re just trying to get him right and we’ll see how he comes on. I want him to run obviously, I’d love him to, but you can’t run him unless he’s absolutely right.

“The horse’s health is much more important.”

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