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Kauto Star to be inducted into Cheltenham Hall of Fame

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

  • Kauto Star's victory parade after the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup win

  • Ruby Walsh and Kauto Star celebrate their 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup win

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Kauto Star’s brilliant career will be honoured at the Open meeting at Cheltenham.

The two-time Gold Cup winner will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at Prestbury Park before racing starts on Saturday, the second day of a three-day meeting.

The ceremony will be attended by Kauto Star’s owner Clive Smith.

Kauto Star’s name will be joined on the honours board by champion jockeys AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh, trainer Nicky Henderson and three-time Champion Hurdle winner Istabraq.

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Andy Clifton, the communications manager at the racecourse, said Kauto Star’s phenomenal career had guaranteed him a place in Cheltenham folklore.

“The Cheltenham Hall of Fame is there to recognise the greatest stars of jump racing but particularly what they’ve achieved at Cheltenham,” he said.

“Kauto Star was always going to be a member of the Hall of Fame but we don’t induct horses until their careers are over.

“Having become the first horse to regain the Gold Cup and being arguably the best horse all time, certainly for the past 50 years, he was a certainty to be in it.

“We’ve decided to take this opportunity, our first meeting since his retirement was announced, to add his name to the Hall of Fame.”

Kauto Star, whose retirement was announced by trainer Paul Nicholls on October 31, won the Gold Cup for the first time in 2007.

He won 23 of his 41 races, including the King George VI Chase a record five times, and £2.37 million in prize money.

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