How many times did Kauto Star run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Rated 191 by Timeform, Kauto Star was, unarguably, one of the greatest steeplechasers of all time. All told, he won 19 of his 23 steeplechases and amassed just shy of £2 million in winning prize money alone. As far as the Cheltenham Festival is concerned, Kauto Star made his first appearance, as a 6-year-old, in 2006, when he was sent of 2/1 favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He fell at the third fence on that occasion but, having won his next five races, including the King George VI Chase at Kempton, he returned to Cheltenham in 2007, for his first crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sent off 5/4 favourite, he quickened into the lead at the second last fence and, despite hitting the last, stayed on strongly to beat Exotic Dancer by 2½ lengths. The following year, 2008, Kauto Star was once again sent off favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, at 10/11, but proved no match for his stable companion Denman, who beat him 7 lengths. Nevertheless, he was back again in 2009, making history by becoming the first horse to regain his title with an impressive, 13-length win over Denman. That was that, in terms of winning, but Kauto Star actually ran in three more Gold Cups, making six in all.