Kauto Star,Steeplechase Extrordinair 

When you consider the many sad events that are occurring in the world at the moment the death of a horse probably looks fairly insignificant. 

The sad and honest truth is that while many families are going through unspeakable torment and experiencing so many emotions as the grieving process takes place that many of us feel detached because we now have a world where terrorism is part of our lives and as regular as the soaps on the television. 

For us fans of horse racing though the death of Kauto Star is leaving us with an empty feeling like the loss of a best friend or a family member, many horses albeit not every single one has something which draws us to them and leaves a lasting impression that is imprinted on our lives for ever. 

I was fortunate and privellage to be on course for six of his races,it would have been seven had a bout of tonisilitis and a cold not put me on the injured list for the 2008 Betfair Chase at my local course Haydock Park. 

The one race which will always stand out for me is the 2011 Betfair Chase when at the age of 11 he rolled back the years under Ruby Walsh to come home to a fourth win in the Grade One contest and the noise was so loud that the world famous St Helens Glass suddenly found itself with a huge order to replace the ones broken by the sound made so loud that even world famous opera singers would struggle to make a crack   

It’s a meeting I remember to this day, on the first day of the newly revamped two day meeting I was with my regular race going friends who are also Annual Members at Haydock and all we were really expecting was for Kauto to jump off and maybe do a ceremonial lap before being pulled up and going off to an honourable retirement.  

How wrong were we some twenty four hours later when he did what he we had all become used to, I’m not normally an emotion person when I go racing but that afternoon a cold November at Haydock became the warmest place in the world through love and affection for one horse, I’m not ashamed to say that I very nearly broke down and cried but I somehow managed to hold back. 

Kauto Star was more than a steeplechaser he was a horse who became a household name and over Christmas he became a tradition and for a few he was a nice way of paying off the upcoming bills for the festive period. 

He owes us nothing as he enters the pearly gates at the big paddock in the sky, no doubt when he walks in I fully expect Arkle,Best Mate and Desert Orchid plus Red Rum  for good measure to stroll up and finalise the big race that we all want to see but we can only watch when the inevitable happens to ourselves. 

At Haydock this Saturday I shall be there and will proudly wear my Kauto tie and leave him some Polos by his statue that sits resplendently next to the main offices. 

So goodbye Kauto Star,thank you for the many memories from the big race wins to last fence blunders and from coming back to the top when many all thought you were on the wane. 

You will be loved and missed by every horse racing more than you will ever know. 

Worcester Races,Saturday 7th June 2015,Ladies Day

Worcester on Derby Day for an eight race card on the banks of the River Severn. 

A couple of Class 3 handicaps were the highlights on a sunny afternoon here for Ladies Day which a crowd of around 9-10,000 turned up to enjoy the days sport. 


Packed Worcester Stands


1.45 Hazelton Mountford Racehorse Trainers Insurance Novices’ Chase,Class 4,2m7f,16 fences,5yo+

Just the four here but a Stewards was needed as winner Royale Django came across runner up Chase The Wind at the last fence but held on to win by 0.75 lengths under Richard Johnson, this followed from his recent Southwell win, he ran upto 125 over hurdles and has a fair future at a decent level. 

Chase The Wind and Rothman followed him home,both will be better when sent into handicaps.  

2.20 Winning Brands, Stylish Shopping At Crowngate Handicap Chase,Class 3,2m4f,13 fences,5yo-+ (0-135)

A fair quality handicap chase here and a quick double for Richard Johnson on the grey Wings Of Smoke who hadn’t won since coming back mud splattered at Haydock last year, he was a lot clearer to spot today 

Held up early doors he made smooth progress down the back and the top weight took over the lead from bottom weight No Likey in the last half furlong, the pair where fifteen lengths clear from third horse Itsuptoyou. 

Trainer Tim Vaughan is eyeing the Lord Mildmay at Newton Abbott in August as a target. 


Wings Of Smoke,Richard Johnson and Tim Vaughan

2.55 John Burke Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase,Class 4,2m110yds,12 fences,5yo+,(0-120)

An effortless chasing debut here by the Paul Nicholls trained 6yo Seargent Thunder, under Sam Twiston Davies he travelled and jumped well enough to get the better of Breaking The Bank by 1.25 lengths, he should easily follow this up and has a good future,If Galway have any 2m Noivce Chases at the Festival then he could be on the boat across in the summer. 

3.30 homeexpertsuk.com Exceptional Estate And Letting Agents Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race,Class 6,2m,4-6yo

With the defection of William H Bonney this made London Prize have an even easier chance to win debut for trainer John Ferguson and a double for Sam Twiston Davies, For some reason Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser wasn’t here but no doubt he caught it on a tv. 

The favourite did what he had to do,he looks a nice type and will be even better when faced with hurdles. 

Of the beaten horses The Hossbehind ran a good race on debut,he might pick a weak bumper up before long. 

4.05 BRI Wealth Management Handicap Hurdle,Class 3,2m4f,10 flights,4yo+ (0-140)

A useful race here which had a cracking finish to it with the judge Guy Lewis needing to get the magnifying glass out. 

As usual here at Worcester it pays to be held up and that’s exactly what eventual winner Flying Light did as he just got the better of Aficionado by a nose,these two were a few lengths ahead of Lava Lamp and Valco De Touzaine. 

Flying Light is flying high right now and despite having his mark rising after recent placed efforts he is thriving,he looks to be sent on a little holiday now before October, Aficionado was mugged on the line here,possibly the 2m6f hurdle at Newton Abbott may come under consideration unless he gets sent chasing. 

Sadly we had a fatality here with Bathwick Man of David Pipe’s stable,Condolences to all connections  

5.00 Greenlighting, The UK House Builder’s Choice Novices’ Handicap Hurdle,Class 5,2m7f,12 flights,4yo+ (0-100)

A poor staying hurdle here but a gamble was landed here as trainer Debra Hamer landed a win in this race for the second year in a row as Tobefair under Trevor Whelan took the spoils, A six race maiden coming into this he travelled ok but had to be chased along after halfway, he led over two out and ran on well to give Westerly Breeze a 4.5 length beating. 

Tobefair won this very nicely,the better ground was a plus and this 5yo is lightly raced and has a future albeit at possibly a low level. 

5.30 Tramps And Velvet Nightclub Maiden Hurdle,Class 4,2m4f,10 flights,4yo+ (Div1)

The cream came to the top here as expected and Sam Twiston Davies got the hat-trick up and gave John Ferguson a double here with 6yo Father Edward who broke his duck over hurdles at the fifth time of asking,runner up at Huntingdon just short of a fortnight ago he won this very easily on the bridle. 

In behind we had Bells Of Ailsworth from Tim Vaughan who was having a second start over hurdles and first over this trip,he is slowly learning the game and could find himself winning when sent handicapping, Padre Tito back in third looks like Three Miles will be better for him. 

6.05 Tramps And Velvet Nightclub Maiden Hurdle,Class 4,2m4f,10 flights,4yo+ (Div2)

A step up in trip suited Always On The Run here for the Donald McCain yard under the steering of Wayne Hutchinson as he defeated the 6/5f Set List who as usual sulked when getting headed but kept on as second place was never in doubt. 

One horse who disappointed on his second run over timber again was Magnimity,he has not progressed since joining Nicky Henderson after two good bumper runs for Henry Daly,he is costly to follow for some  

Always On The Run has a win in Points and the step up in trip suited him,his future will be over fences. 


Heading out into the country


Always On The Run beats Set List


A nice afternoon then by the riverside. 

Blog wise their will be nothing for the next three weeks as it’s the usual summer break unless I go racing anywhere. 

Next meeting up should be Lancashire Oaks Day at Haydock next month. 

Until then thank you for reading