Age wearies us all and for Kauto Star, now 11, he has very few races left in him at the top level.
But that doesn't mean he should not have one more go at winning Cheltenham's Gold Cup although it seems owner Clive Smith and trainer Paul Nicholls appear more intent on winning a third JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal!
Kauto’s failure to land the King George VI Chase for a record fifth time on Saturday was not as bad as some are making out. He would have been a gallant runner-up but for clattering the second last fence, while bursting a blood vessel at some stage in the race would have limited his performance in any case.
The decision to push him out to 10-1 — 12s in places — for a third Gold Cup makes him a great each-way bet as he will be hard to keep out of the frame, especially as it's not certain the new kid on the block and King George winner Long Run will take his place in the blue riband.