Kauto Star and the King George

I wonder what Dessie would think

The Star in the firmament of chasers of recent years is going for a fifth win
in the King George VI Chase this afternoon. He is level with the great Desert
Orchid on four wins so it would be a tear-jerking moment if he manages it at
3 o’clock today with McCoy in the plate.

Of course, on all known form, it should be a stroll in the park for Kauto; it’s hard
to make a serious case for anything to beat him. I’ll be hoping he does it, but I
might throw some each way money at the gallant grey Nacarat, and the course
specialist and potentially improving Riverside Theatre from the Henderson yard,
because it’s a horse race and you just never know.

I wouldn’t be in the business of contradicting the astrologer Russell Grant’s
prediction on 5 Live this morning with my each way bets though. Apparently,
he cast the horoscopes for both McCoy and Kauto Star today, based on their
birth dates, and declared “all the portents right”…

When that’s all over with I’ll also be looking out for Russe Blanc in the bumper
at Warwick. The horse is notable for being listed as a white gelding; you don’t
see many of those on a racecard. I saw Desert Orchid in the other year and he
would have definitely fitted that description. Despite drawing his pension and
being a little bit woolly, he still could, and did, turn on his star quality for his fans.

Good luck Kauto Star

Posted on January 15, 2011, in Horse racing, Jump racing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Dessie used to bolt on the parades once he’d retired. He had far more character than KS. 5 would be a tremendous achievement but I hope he doesn’t beat dessie’s record.

  2. Well, I know what you mean.

  3. Hope they call it a day soon with KS otherwise I fear for him.

  4. I have fed Desert Orchid with Polos and stroked his nose – a real gentleman and I am glad his record stands. He was touring Ireland to raise money for the charity that provides vet services to all those horses living on high-rise estates in Dublin. My only bet was on Dantari in the Lanzarote. Front runner until the last two, ended up fifth but still a great little horse.

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