Kauto Star looks 'fine now' after workout at Wincanton
It would be churlish to complain that little could be learnt from Kauto Star's spin round Wincanton yesterday evening. Merely by stretching his legs in public, the cherished veteran was able to lend substance to the sense of optimism that had been gathering over recent days. And while not asked to do a great deal by Ruby Walsh, exactly a week before the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, he exuded such enthusiasm that his trainer, Paul Nicholls, felt able to declare: "I think we'll be fine now."
After a schooling fall two weeks ago, the champion trainer was rating his dual Gold Cup winner only "50-50" to line up on Friday. He was much happier, however, after watching Kauto Star bounding up the straight alongside Mon Parrain. "Just what I wanted to see," Nicholls said. "Ruby could hardly hold him, or pull him up at the end. And the horse looks fantastic."
Kauto Star's last major test awaits on Monday, in another schooling session. "He's moving well and in good spirits," Walsh declared.
Latest in Sport
Danny Ings: Liverpool target wanted by Borussia Monchengladbach... who could get Burnley striker for just £260,000
Humiliated Brazil look to continue recovery at Arsenal
Marco Reus vs Theo Walcott: Which is the better option for Arsenal?
England vs Lithuania match report: Harry Kane fires in first Three Lions goal just 78 seconds into debut to put icing on the cake
'God, she's beautiful': Embarrassment for basketball player Nigel Hayes after microphone picks up comment about female reporter
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...