Kauto Star makes dressage debut on Greatwood Charity Day
Legendary racehorse Kauto Star debuted his dressage skills at Greatwood Charity and Equestrian Raceday alongside some thrilling Jump racing and skilled equestrian demonstrations, watched by thousands of racing fans.
The dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and Newbury favourite Kauto Star looked to relish the attention from his fans and throngs of photographers as he returned to the racecourse with event rider Laura Collett, showcasing his newly learnt dressage ability with commentary from Team GB’s Chef d’Equipe Yogi Breisner.
The display followed the Greatwood Horse Power Display – a Shetland pony demonstration helping children with special educational needs. Collett also took place in a spectacular Jumping display in the pre-parade ring with her Badminton horse Rayef.
Talking about her association with the racing superstar, Collett said, “The main thing is to keep him active and happy and that is what it’s all about. The biggest challenge has been for him to canter when he is so used to galloping but he is doing extremely well and has settled in brilliantly to the yard.”
On the track, Paul Nicholls secured his sixth win in the feature race, the StanJames Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup, when Ryan Mahon rode the 18-1 Pacha Du Polder to victory, completing a double for the Champion Trainer at Newbury Racecourse.