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Star on Punchestown mission

Kauto Star remains on course to round off his campaign in the Punchestown Gold Cup on May 4.

The 11-year-old is coming towards the end of an incredible career that has seen him win the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice, the King George VI Chase four times and clinch several other Grade One prizes.

He ran a fine race to finish third behind Long Run and stablemate Denman in last month's renewal of the Gold Cup and his owner Clive Smith is hoping to see him finish his season in style in Ireland next month.

"We're still aiming for Punchestown and we're just hoping the ground doesn't get too firm," said Smith.

"I'm sure they'll make sure it's good to soft, or something hopefully near that, as that would suit him well.

"Three miles will suit him well. At three miles in the Gold Cup he was right there but then up the hill, Long Run and his younger legs came past him.

"It would be a great way to round off the season if he could win in Ireland. Any decisions on his future will be made after that."


From Belfast Telegraph