Nicholls says tearful farewell as Kauto Star departs yard

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AN acrimonious falling out between Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith led to the legendary Kauto Star’s abrupt removal yesterday from the champion trainer’s yard.

Nicholls had offered a home for life to the recently retired 12-year-old whose record-breaking career included two Cheltenham Gold Cups and five victories in the King George VI Chase.

Yet Smith had indicated earlier on Monday that his horse of a lifetime would be joining European bronze medallist eventing rider Laura Collett as he explores avenues to keep his now-retired superstar chaser active in retirement.


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