Kauto Star to be honoured at Haydock

Haydock racecourse and Betfair have teamed up to commission a statue of Kauto Star to recognise the chaser’s achievements at the track.

The 11-year-old won his fourth Betfair Chase at Haydock when he defeated Long Run last month and sculptor Willie Newton has been asked to make a bronze of Clive Smith’s star.

“I am thrilled at this fantastic gesture,” said Smith. “The horse has really captured the public’s imagination and hearts throughout his career, never more so than in the Betfair Chase, and it is an honour to have him recognised in this way.”

Trainer Paul Nicholls added: “Kauto Star gave me my proudest day in 20 years as a trainer when he won his fourth Betfair Chase and this is deserved recognition for the great horse. It will be a constant reminder of that amazing day.”

Haydock’s managing director, Dickon White said: “Everyone who was at the racecourse last month to see his victory will recall the race vividly for the restof their lives. It was truly one of the most outstanding performances by a racehorse in the modern era.”

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