Paul Nicholls: Kauto Star will gallop at Wincanton on Friday
Kauto will gallop at Wincanton after racing this Friday
"Why the change of plan? Kauto had a racecourse gallop before he won the Betfair Chase and I thought it a better idea to give him a spin, and a good workout, on the grass away from home."
More good news from Ditcheat, as Paul Nicholls announces a change of plan for Kauto Star this Friday. He also explains why it's important not to get too excited just yet...
We upped Kauto Star's work again today.
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 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 is smiling.
But I can reveal here that we have had a change of plan over the so-called 'D Day" home gallop on Saturday.
He will now gallop after racing at Wincanton on Friday instead.
Why the change of plan?
Well, he had a racecourse gallop before he won the Betfair Chase and I thought it a better idea to give him a spin, and a good workout, on the grass away from home. Ruby will ride and he will work with Mon Parrain.
Everyone can make their own minds up as to how he looks and works.
And if he does come through that ok, we will look to school him on Monday morning.
But I must stress that it is one step at a time, and it is important that people don't get carried away.
We aren't, just yet.
But we are heading in the right direction quickly, it seems.
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