Nicholls ready to step up Kauto Star recovery bid

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Racegoers at Wincanton on Friday will get the chance to judge for themselves how well Kauto Star is recuperating from his schooling fall.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has decided to give the great chaser a gallop after racing at his local track, rather than carry out a piece of work at home on Saturday morning.

The Ditcheat handler stepped up the 12-year-old’s exercise again on Tuesday and hopes that Clive Smith’s pride and joy will get the chance to run in his sixth Betfred Gold Cup appear to be rising.

Kauto Star will work with Mon Parrain after racing and Nicholls, writing on his Betfair blog, is pleased with how he is progressing.

“We upped Kauto Star’s work again today,” the champion trainer wrote in his exclusive column at www.betfair.com/paulnicholls.

“He had his now regular morning physio and an hour on the walker – we should bring out an exercise video, as that routine is getting so much publicity – and then we gave him his most testing workout since his schooling fall.

“We gave him two strong canters up the hill alongside my Fred Winter hopeful Ulck Du Lin.

“And again I have to report that he came through it fine and I’m happy with him at the moment.

“What particularly pleased me was that, aside from looking great, he came back from the work and had a good roll in his box, always a good sign with him. He looks happy in himself and Clifford (Baker, head lad) is smiling.

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