Kauto Star jockey Ruby Walsh pays tribute to the double Gold Cup winner as the horse is retired…
Kauto Star is without a doubt the best I’ve ever ridden. He’s a horse in a lifetime and I’ll be very fortunate to ever ride one as good as him again. Two Gold Cups, five King Georges, I won three Betfair chases on him – he’s won four, he’s an incredible act. Kauto Star won Grade Ones from two miles to three and a quarter, that’s just incredible.
I had some of my greatest days on him. His last King George was fabulous. Kauto Star was a brilliant horse and I was very fortunate to have ridden him.
It is definitely the right time to retire Kauto Star. He’s old now and had a bad fall in the spring. Unfortunately everything has to come to an end. I look back on last Christmas when he won his fifth King George and I couldn’t see him doing it again. What more did he have to do? What else could he prove? Kauto’s been a wonderful horse and he’s going out in good health.
Kauto’s one of the greatest jump horses in history. Look at what he did in 2006. To turn up at Haydock and win his first Betfair Chase, two weeks later win the Tingle Creek, four weeks later win the King George, win the AON chase at Newbury and finish up winning the Gold Cup. That year was incredible. It was great to be part of such a run.
Everyone in Ditcheat loves him. He’s been a wonderful horse and nobody wanted to see anything happen to him. To have raced as often as he’s raced and comeback from some of the falls he’s had, it’s fabulous that he can retire in one piece.
Kauto Star was a superstar. He was a wonderful horse to ride and he gave me some of the best days I’ll ever have as a jockey.
This gallery shows Ruby Walsh in action on Kauto Star from 2006 to 2012 at Cheltenham (pics: Inpho)
Kauto Star’s jumps record
- Starts 41
- Wins 23
- Prize money: £2.2m