Kauto Star ‘too old’ to take part in Rio 2016

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Kauto Star will be too old to compete in the dressage at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, according to Team GB Eventing chief Yogi Breisner.

The two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was retired from racing in October last year but has been training in the different equestrian discipline since December.

Indeed, his new rider Laura Collett insisted in January that Kauto Star could create a dressage legacy, just as he had in racing.

However, Breisner said the horse would be too close to retirement age by the time the Olympics swings around to consider him for selection.

Breisner added that it normally takes four to five years to bring horses up to Olympic standard so they are racing against the clock as it is.

"It would be far too much to ask of any horse to come out of racing at that age and make it to Olympic standard," he continued.

It seems that they won't have to take veteran horse insurance out for the beast at the next Olympics after all.


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