Kauto Star named Champion Jumps horse of the year

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For the fourth time in six years, hugely popular double-Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star has been named as the Champion Jumps horse of the year.

A figure of 180 – achieved by coming out on top against Long Run in the William Hill King George VI Chase – means he reclaims the title.

He has now been a champion on seven different occasions after coming out on top in the Two-and-a-half Mile Chase in 2006-07 and 2007-08, as well as the leading Two Mile crown in 2006-07.

For the fourth consecutive year, Big Buck's is the best Hurdler at any distance in Britain and Ireland after another faultless season.

Head of handicapping for the British Horseracing Authority Phil Smith said Kauto Star's return to the pinnacle of jump racing is a remarkable story.

"Last year we were speculating whether Long Run's assent to the top was the mark of a shift in the balance of power from the old guard to young pretenders. Kauto had other ideas," he continued.

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