Kauto Star one of 66 entries for Hennessy

KAUTO STAR is the surprise name among 66 possibles for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 27.

The dual Cheltenham Gold Cup and four-times King George VI Chase winner is one of nine entries for Paul Nicholls in company with Denman, twice winner of the Hennessy.

Others to catch the eye are Diamond Harry for Nick Williams, Burton Port for Nicky Henderson and the Ian Williams-trained Weird Al.

Potential Irish raiders of note are Pandorama, Vic Venturi and The Midnight Club.

Royal Ascot winner and European champion sprinter-elect

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Starspangledbanner has been retired to stud at Coolmore for the 2011 season.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old proved a huge hit following his transfer from Australia, winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes at the Royal meeting and following up in the July Cup at Newmarket.

Already a winner at the top level over a variety of trips Down Under, the chestnut was also second in the Nunthorpe at York before finishing fifth in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

O’Brien, who trained two European champion sprinters in Mozart and Stravinsky, said: “Starspangledbanner is an incredible horse – the fastest we’ve ever had here. It was a pleasure to have him.”

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BARBERS SHOP is set to be Nicky Henderson’s only runner in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.

He has an alternative engagement in the United House Gold Cup at Ascot the same day, but Henderson plans to send him to West Yorkshire.

“He has top weight at Ascot, so it’s probably Wetherby for Barbers Shop. It looks an open race. He hasn’t won a race for two years, but has run some fantastic races.”

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