Paul Nicholls: "Kauto was a once in a lifetime horse"
Paul pays tribute to the remarkable Kauto Star following news of the stable star's passing...
"For me there will never be another one like Kauto Star. He was a once in a lifetime horse."
I was devastated to hear the terrible news today about Kauto Star. For me he was a magic horse who touched so many people beyond the narrow confines of the racing world.
As a trainer you are bound to get attached to the horses who win the biggest prizes for you.
For nine unforgettable years Kauto Star was also the first horse I saw when I arrived at the yard every morning and the last I saw when I left in the evening.
From my desk in the office I could look out of the window at any time and watch him, head over the door, ears pricked, a horse so obviously happy in his environment.
Kauto Star was so well named because he quickly became a steeplechasing legend, without question the best since the mighty Arkle.
It is only natural for every trainer to dream of having a great champion. Kauto Star joined me in the summer of 2004 and achieved an amazing amount of success at the highest level over eight seasons that saw him twice battle back from serious injury before the fall while schooling that ended his career in 2012.
Now he has gone and we are left with so many outstanding memories.
I always hoped that he would stay with us in retirement at Ditcheat and I don't mind admitting I've badly missed seeing his head over the door of his old box these past three years.
For me there will never be another one like Kauto Star. He was a once in a lifetime horse.