Nicholls happier with his Star but will wait to decide on Cheltenham
The prospect of Kauto Star attempting to win an historic third Cheltenham Gold Cup Gold on Friday week improved but trainer Paul Nicholls agreed the final decision whether to run will be the toughest he has ever had to make.
The champion trainer issued a more upbeat bulletin on the most famous horse in training, who had been described two days ago as only ‘50-50’ to run at the Cheltenham Festival.
A final call is expected to be made after Kauto Star is put through a more exacting work-out with stablemate Big Buck’s in a week.
Tough call: Trainer Paul Nicholls will make the final decision on Kauto Star
Nicholls said: ‘It is a very hard call. You look for the right signs but they can’t talk.’
Kauto Star cantered 10 furlongs on Friday and Clifford Baker, head lad to Nicholls and Kauto Star’s regular rider, was happier with his condition.
Nicholls added: ‘You go public and it all gets blown out of all proportion. Clifford said “50-50″ and I was quoting his words.
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'If it was a month there would be no problem, two weeks might be too soon but he is improving rapidly. Nothing is troubling too much — he’s just a bit sore. If it was a big problem, he’d be lame.
‘Clifford was happier with him today. Everyday, when he comes back from his work, he rolls in his box. He has not done that until this morning so he is getting back to normal.’