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Kauto Star Turns To Dressage

March 4, 2013

Kauto Star the dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has shown off his dressage skills at Newbury racecourse. The five-time King George VI Chase winner went around the parade ring for eventing rider Laura Collett.

Having been retired by owner Clive Smith in October, Kauto Star has now turned his eye to new disaplines. Collett told BBC Sport: “It was encouraging. He was excited by the crowd but managed to contain himself.” She went on, “He was a little on edge and it probably didn’t help when the crowd cheered as he came in, but he did well and there seemed to be a lot of positive vibes,”

British eventing chief Yogi Breisner said the horse is too old, having raced until the age of 12 before switching discipline, to be a realistic contender in Rio but could make his competitive debut at a lower level in the spring of 2014.

“He performed much better than I thought he would,” said British eventing chief Yogi Breisner after his Newbury outing.

“He’s only been doing this for about eight weeks and he showed what an impressive horse he is. He can do a lot more than he showed today but we were rather restricted with the area,” said Breisner.

“The plan is to do a dressage trial sometime in the spring. We’re not planning to go to Rio (2016 Olympics) but hopefully he can enjoy himself and keep improving.”

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