Kauto Star’s chances of running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next Friday will hinge on a crucial racecourse gallop at Wincanton this coming Friday.
The legendary chaser has had the whole racing world on tender hooks since he took a crashing fall in a schooling session last month.
In his Betfair column, trainer Paul Nicholls revealed would instead work with Mon Parrain at Wincanton on Friday.
“Kauto Star will now gallop after racing at Wincanton on Friday instead.
“He had a racecourse gallop before he won the Betfair Chase and I thought it a better idea to give him a spin, and a good workout, on the grass away from home. Ruby will ride and he will work with Mon Parrain.
“Everyone can make their own minds up as to how he looks and works. And if he does come through that okay, we will look to school him on Monday morning.”
Nicholls also said that Kauto is making good progress from the schooling fall “We upped Kauto Star’s work again today. He had his now regular morning physio and an hour on the walker and then we gave him his most testing workout since his schooling fall.
“We gave him two strong canters up the hill alongside my Fred Winter hopeful Ulck Du Lin. And again I have to report that he came through it fine and I’m happy with him at the moment.
“What particularly pleased me that, aside from looking great, he came back from the work and had a good roll in his box, always a good sign with him. He looks happy in himself and Clifford is smiling.
“But I must stress that it is one step at a time, and it is important that people don’t get carried away. We aren’t, just yet. But we are heading in the right direction quickly, it seems.”