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Monday 5 December 2016

'You were a true legend' - tributes pour in after death of Kauto Star

File photo dated 01-03-2012 of File photo dated 24/2/2010 of Kauto Star in his stable during the stable visit at Manor Farm, Ditcheat, Somerset
File photo dated 01-03-2012 of File photo dated 24/2/2010 of Kauto Star in his stable during the stable visit at Manor Farm, Ditcheat, Somerset
Kauto Star with trainer Paul Nicholls outside the Manor House Inn, Ditcheat
Jockey Tony McCoy on Kauto Star goes to post in the William Hill King George VI Steeple Chase at Kempton Park

Kauto Star's trainer Paul Nicholls led the tributes on Twitter.

"RIP my friend you were a true Legend. Once in a lifetime," he tweeted, and attached a picture of the two of them.

The Jockey Club said: "Deeply saddened to hear the news about Kauto Star, so many amazing memories of a true champion and incredible athlete."

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Sky Sports News and At The Races presenter Alex Hammond tweeted: "So sad to hear of the death of Kauto Star - a true legend."

Kauto Star with trainer Paul Nicholls outside the Manor House Inn, Ditcheat
Kauto Star with trainer Paul Nicholls outside the Manor House Inn, Ditcheat

And racing presenter Matt Chapman said: "Gutted about the passing @PFNicholls Kauto Star. Gutted. Sometimes best to say no more than that #kautothelegend."

The Daily Express' political correspondent Martyn Brown did not bring any luck for Kauto Star when he went to watch the horse.

He tweeted: "Although I was a bad omen when watching him run in the flesh, 2 runs & 2 defeats, Kauto Star was the greatest jumps horse in my lifetime."

The Irish Daily Star horse racing correspondent Ian Gaughran simply tweeted: "Kauto Star WAS Christmas!"

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies tweeted: "Very sad to see the legend Kauto Star has gone to heaven. Such a great ambassador for the sport of jump racing and a true champ! #RIPKauto."

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