King George VI Chase: Ruby Walsh reveals his favourite Kauto Star win

A certain run springs to mind for Ruby.

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With Christmas right round the corner, attention often turns to the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day. While Clan Des Obeaux for Paul Nicholls is hoping to win it for the third time this year, Kauto Star is the horse that springs to mind when you think of the King George VI Chase.

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The bay gelding is a five-time winner of the race in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Our resident jockey-turned-pundit Ruby Walsh was on board for all five wins at Kempton.

But does Ruby have a favourite out of his five wins? He was asked on our latest From The Horse’s Mouth Punters’ Panel episode.

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He said: “The last win was the best for sure. The first was brilliant and he was a steering job in runs two, three and four but the last one was the best one.

“He’d been beaten in January 2011 at Kempton, finishing behind Long Run and Riverside Theatre.

“Long Run was favourite heading into it but Kauto Star just turned it on. He jumped impeccably that day and he was never going to be caught.

“I’d have another go at the last run at Kempton for obvious reasons!”

Champion trainer Nicholls is the most successful trainer in the King George VI Chase, with the 59-year-old having the winner on 12 occasions.

Nicholls has saddled the last three King George winners – Clan Des Obeaux in 2018 and 2019 and Frodon in 2020 – and he plans to unleash a triple threat at Kempton in his bid to make it four in a row.

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