Kauto Star honoured in Feltham at Kempton
This year's Feltham at Kempton will be known as 'The Kauto Star Feltham Novices' Steeple Chase'.
Last Updated: 10/12/12 3:11pm
The race will be known as 'The Kauto Star Feltham Novices' Steeple Chase' (in memory of Nigel Clark) with immediate effect until approval has been agreed for a permanent renaming of the race.
No horse in modern racing history has done more to promote National Hunt racing than Kauto Star.
The ultimate champion chaser who at various times was the highest rated runner over two miles, two and a half miles and three miles, Kauto Star accumulated an astonishing 16 Grade One victories in a UK career that started at Newbury in December 2004, and ended last month when connections announced his retirement.
However, just as in a previous generation when Desert Orchid became synonymous with Kempton and Boxing Day, it was over Kempton's three miles that Kauto Star will be best remembered.
Kauto Star was simply imperious over the three miles at the Sunbury track, completing four successive wins in the William Hill King George VI Chase from 2006 - by an aggregate of 63 lengths - before his emotional and record-breaking fifth success last year, when holding Long Run in a truly epic battle.
The three mile Feltham, Grade One, test for novice chasers over the King George course and distance is a highly appropriate way of remembering the great warrior on his beloved track.
It will provide all racegoers, television viewers and punters with a reminder of what Kauto Star meant to racing, and to Boxing Day in particular.
History shows that the only time Kauto Star met with defeat in the King George was when the race had to be rescheduled.
Kate Miller, PR Director for William Hill, said, "This announcement gives us a chance to show our appreciation for the mighty Kauto Star.
"In discussion with Kempton, we felt that the inclusion of Kauto's name in a prestigious Grade One chase was the most appropriate course of action. The William Hill Winter Festival is now as much a part of Boxing Day as a turkey sandwich, and thanks to Kauto Star it has been a lot more special for the last six seasons. No horse in my lifetime has made more of an impact than Kauto, and it will be an emotional moment when he parades in front of his adoring fans on Boxing Day."