Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kauto to Be the Star of Kempton; McCoy Tips Nicholls' Colt for Fourth King George Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kauto to Be the Star of Kempton; McCoy Tips Nicholls' Colt for Fourth King George Win

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CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy believes Kauto Star will be "impossible to beat"in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, writes ASHLEY IVESON.

Paul Nicholls' brilliant nine-year-old is chasing a remarkable fourth successive victory in the Festive highlight, having warmed up with a narrow success in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

McCoy is set to get the leg up on last year's runner-up Albertas Run, but he does not hold out much hope of turning the tables.

He said: "As we all know, Kauto Star is going to win.

"He looks impossible to beat, but Albertas Run was a good second to him last year and hopefully that gives him a good chance of being in the money again.

"I can only see the weather upsetting Kauto Star. He is an amazing horse to have achieved what he has -two Tingle Creeks over two miles, three King Georges and two Gold Cups.

"He is an outstanding racehorse and will be very hard to beat."

Kauto Star's rider Ruby Walsh is equally positive about his chances, and feels the reigning champion could be even better than 12 months ago.

Walsh said: "I would say Kauto Star is as good if not better than last year.

"Kempton has been a very lucky track for me over the last two years and Kauto has been outstanding there.

"It is a race I really look forward to and I cannot wait for it to come around.

"I am looking forward to riding him, and if he could win four King Georges he will go down in history.

"It is pretty hard for me to tell how well Kauto is at home, but Paul sees him every morning so he is a better judge of that than me and he thinks he has improved considerably, so I will take his word for it."

Imperial Commander, just a nose behind Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase, is one of three entries for Nigel Twiston-Davies along with Ollie Magern and Roll Along. …

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