Kauto gets Royal seal of approval
Connections of Kauto Stone are keeping their feet on the ground after Kauto Star's half-brother made a scintillating start to his chasing career with Paul Nicholls at Down Royal on Saturday.
The French import, owned by Robin Geffen, may run again next month in either the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown or the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.
He will also be given an entry in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, a race his illustrious sibling has won four times.
“It was an absolutely fantastic start to his chasing career over here. We couldn't have asked for more,” said the owner's racing manager Charlie Liverton.
“Mr Mullins' horse (Blazing Tempo, third) is a very good benchmark and the second horse (Roi Du Mee) was fresh from winning a Grade Three, so we knew we were going to have to go some seeing as we were giving them all weight.
“But he did it with real aplomb and Paul Carberry has given him a lovely introduction to racing over here in the UK.
“He's come out of the race absolutely fine, not a bother on him.
“He's still only young so we are going to manage him accordingly, but he's certainly one that will lighten up a few damp, winter days over the coming few years.
“We can't get too over-excited just yet, but from what we saw on Saturday he's a horse that will hopefully take Mr Geffen's colours to some exciting winner's enclosures.
“I think in the future he will get three miles, but I'm not sure we want to start putting him over three miles now. He's still got plenty of toe for two and a half.
“I'd certainly envisage him ending up over three miles, but at this stage of his career, I'm not sure we need to start thinking of the three-mile options just yet
“We will certainly give him entries for the King George and obviously the Gold Cup but I think it might be a year too soon for those sorts of races, but you never know.
“The John Durkan will come under serious consideration and the Peterborough Chase will as well.
“That run on Saturday has opened up a number of options and he'll be given all the necessary entries and Mr Nicholls and Mr Geffen will discuss them accordingly and get another run in before Christmas, I hope. We'll see.”