I”m biased but Kauto Star is the best ever, insists champion trainer Nicholls
Paul Nicholls is hoping a fifth King George VI Chase victory for Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day has convinced the sceptics that the gelding is an all-time great steeplechaser.
The champion trainer was speaking as hundreds of people plus TV crews descended on Ditcheat in Somerset for Kauto Star”s victory parade.
Centre of attention: Kauto Star is led by head lad Clifford Baker and stable lass Rose Loxton
The village is where the horse is trained and Nicholls said: “To see him on the front page of the papers and on the television news is great for the horse and great for racing. There have been a lot of people here wanting to see him.
“To be the first horse to win five King Georges along with his two Gold Cups, two Tingle Creek Chases and four Betfair Chases is awesome. I”m biased but I think he is the best ever. No horse will beat what he has done.
Delight: Paul Nicholls shows his affection for the legendary horse
“He keeps coming back. You would not know he has had a race today he is so fresh and well. “He have a couple of weeks quiet but still canter and have some light training before we build him up for the Gold Cup in March.”
Meanwhile, trainer Nicky Henderson isconsidering Newbury”s Betfair Denman Chase in February as a stepping stone for King George runner-up Long Run before he defends his Cheltenham Gold Cup title.
Packed streets: Huge crowds gathered to greet Kauto Star in Ditcheat
Leading the way: Kauto Star observes the scenes in the village
A crucial factor may be the availability of his amateur jockey, Sam Waley-Cohen, who has yet to find out when he will serve a 12-day ban picked up at Fakenham.