Paul Nicholls has indicated that Kauto Star could be set to run in the Hennessy Gold Cup (Kauto Star 8/1 in Stan James ante post betting), with connections “strongly considering” an appearance at Newbury.
The 10-year-old will make his seasonal reappearance in Saturday’s meeting at Down Royal, with Nicholls eyeing the big race at Newbury on November 27, if all goes according to plan.
The trainer says Kauto Star’s owner, Clive Smith, is keen on having a crack at the Hennessy and they believe he can recover in time to run in the King George on Boxing Day.
Meanwhile, Nicky Henderson says he can find no explanation for Barbers Shop’s poor display last weekend’s Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
The Queen’s eight-year-old was beaten almost 50 lengths, when finishing seventh of eight behind Nacarat, leaving connections puzzled by his display.
Henderson has all but ruled Barbers Shop (33/1 for King George VI Chase) out of the Hennessy and says he will wait before making firm plans for the gelding.
The trainer told Racing UK: “His jumping went to pieces down the back straight (at Wetherby) and that is not like him. After another couple of pieces of work, the whole thing will slot in.”
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King George VI Chase | Horse Racing Betting News | November 2, 2010 16:00 |
It’s that time of year again when the horse racing industry is held hostage by the vagaries of the British weather, writes Elliot Slater.
To a neutral watching from the sidelines, the chaos caused by the first proper snowfall of this winter is hard to understand when you see just how comfortably other northern European nations cope with the conditions. If Scandinavian countries can operate their airports without a hitch when there is more than a metre of snow on the ground, why can’t the British equivalents keep the show on the road when only four inches fall? It can’t have been the biggest shock for snow to have fallen the week before Christmas, can it?
And for airports, it might also be argued that you can read ‘racecourses’. How many times over the years have racing fans and punters been left with little or no action to get their teeth into because the Boxing Day races have fallen foul of the weather.
Nowadays most tracks have covers for vulnerable, if not all areas of the course, but invariably they prove ineffective because they haven’t been deployed in time. Listening to Wetherby’s clerk of the course Jonjo Sandersn droning on about how his team were caught out by the sudden snowfall is a bit too much to stomach. With all the meteorological forecasts at their disposal I strongly suspect that it was more a case of someone not paying good enough heed to the information available; I suppose we’ll never know.
The losers in all this, the racing public, the betting industry, the many owners and trainers, can’t afford to miss out regularly. We all must have fingers very firmly crossed that this year’s Boxing Day action, including Kauto Star’s eagerly anticipated King George, doesn’t disappear into the ether. OK, it might be rerun at Newbury or some similar venue, but it won’t be the same away from Kempton, viewed from the post-Christmas sofa, with a pile of turkey sandwiches and cranberry sauce for company.