Decision on whether Kauto Star runs in Hennessy imminent

A DECISION on whether Kauto Star goes for the Hennessy Gold Cup before aiming for a fifth successive victory in the King George VI Chase is expected today.

Trainer Paul Nicholls is worried the prospect of a hard race in the staying handicap chase at Newbury on November 27 might damage the dual Gold Cup hero’s prospects for Kempton on Boxing Day.

However, Nicholls and the ace chaser’s owner Clive Smith are to discuss the matter on Monday morning.

“I said to Clive that at the end of the day if you want a serious go at the King George for a fifth time, are we going to leave the race behind if we go to Newbury and take that chance,” Nicholls said. “There’s nothing wrong with him running at Newbury. With so many out of the weights it would suit him, but if you really want to go for a fifth King George, you are taking the risk of leaving it behind.”

* SNOW FAIRY, Ed Dunlop’s exceptional dual Oaks winner, landed a huge pot in Japan yesterday by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup.

Ryan Moore’s mount scooped a bonus totally over £1.4m at Kyoto racecourse when turning in a performance of supreme authority.

The three-year-old daughter of Intikhab failed to stay the St Leger trip on her last start, but was in her element in this one mile three furlong Grade One encounter.

Snow Fairy had four lengths in hand of Meisho Beluga at the line, with local favourite Apapane third.

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