Paul Nicholls and Kauto Star after the Betfair Chase last yearPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Nicholls has reservations about Kauto continuing
A DECISION on whether Kauto Star, one of racing's greatest chasers, continues his career has yet to be made, but trainer Paul Nicholls on Thursday revealed he's not as keen as he has been on the 12-year-old returning to action.
Clive Smith's gelding was last seen being pulled up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March and Nicholls said discussions would involve head lad Clifford Baker as well.
"It's a difficult one, he's in good shape, we need to have a sit down and a serious talk with Clive and see what he wants to do," said Nicholls, who has trained Kauto Star to win five King Georges and two Gold Cups.
"Last year I was keen to run him, I thought he could win another one or two. I'm not saying he couldn't win another race, but I'm not as keen as I was. He has achieved so much you just think what else can he do, you don't want to take any chances."
Nicholls, speaking on Racing UK, added: "We said we'll see how the next month went and then make a decision and let everybody know.
"I don't really know. Clive owns him and we'll get together and make the decision."