Kauto Star to parade at Haydock
Haydock Park have confirmed Kauto Star will parade at the track on Betfair Chase day later this month and a statue will also be unveiled.
Trainer Paul Nicholls and owner Clive Smith announced on Wednesday the four-time Betfair Chase winner, dual Cheltenham Gold Cup hero and five-time King George VI Chase victor had run his final race.
While the 12-year-old now heads into retirement, his adoring public will get the chance to see him in the flesh on Merseyside on November 24 and in a further tribute, Haydock and Betfair have commissioned a half-size study of Kauto Star.
John Baker, the North West's regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: "The Betfair Chase was only run for the first time in 2005 but has already established itself as an outstanding Grade One contest and its standing is all down to Kauto Star.
"Haydock Park is therefore delighted to honour Kauto Star with his own statue at the racecourse and we look forward to welcoming him back to the scene of his four Betfair Chase victories on November 24.
"We were honoured to stage one of the greatest performances of Kauto Star's career in the Betfair Chase last year, when the reception for him was truly spine-tingling.
"The Haydock crowds and team will miss him but we will also celebrate a wonderful career and a wonderful association with the Betfair Chase and Haydock Park."