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Favorite Kauto Star wins King George VI Chase

Favorite Kauto Star wins King George VI Chase

Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase on Tuesday, beating Exotic Dancer by eight lengths.
Kauto Star, the 4-7 favorite trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Ruby Walsh, broke away from the pack after the next-to-last jump at Kempton Park course. The 6-year-old gelding almost fell at the last hurdle, but recovered to win the 200,000 pounds (euro297,900; US$391,000) in prize money.
"He's a machine _ I've never ridden a horse like him," Walsh said.
Racing Demon finished third, half a length behind Exotic Dancer.
Second-favorite Monet's Garden overtook Ollie Magern after the first mile to set the pace. The 8-year-old gray quickened down the straight, but Kauto Star, Racing Demon and Exotic Dancer stayed close.
Racing Demon moved past Monet's Garden, but Kauto Star stayed upright despite a stumble over the fourth-last steeple to hit the front and was never headed.
"It was a pretty bad mistake at the fourth-last," said Clive Smith, Kauto Star's owner. "He's obviously a tremendous horse and he's got a big heart and plenty of speed."
Kauto Star, who won the Betfair Chase on Nov. 18, has now taken two of the three legs needed to win 1 million pounds ($1.96 million; euro1.49 million). The third is the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 16.


Updated : 2021-01-26 11:39 GMT+08:00