Cheltenham Festival 2016
Published: 12:24 20/12/2011
Kauto Star is currently available at odds of 4/1 to win a record fifth King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and can prove top value for his followers.
Kauto has returned to form in fine style this season with an emphatic victory over Long Run in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and can claim his historic fifth King George on a course he clearly loves.
Whilst many believe that favourite Long Run is still the one to beat at Kempton , Clive Smith , owner of both horses says it is impossible to pick between Kauto and stablemate Master Minded. Master Minded is however essentially a two mile horse and is likely to find three miles too far yet again despite being trained specifically for this race this season.
Smith said today "There is no way you can know anything about who might be better. We know Kauto Star is the star of Kempton and he loves the place. I think he'll run very well," Smith said.
Trainer Paul Nicholls has also being talking up the chances of Master Minded and confirmed that he thinks Master Minded will like the right handed track and will be at his best on Boxing Day. Master Minded has become slightly unpredictable over the last couple of years and is available at odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power .
Nicholls still sees Long Run , the 11/8 favourite as the horse they all have to beat but with his track record in the race and a recent defeat of Long Run surely the value is with Kauto Star at 4/1.
Long Run may just be becoming more of an out and out stayer and Kauto Star could be just too quick for his rivals on the day . It should be a great spectacle and a great advertisement for National Hunt Racing whatever the outcome.
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