Through the breeding of sire Village Star and dam Kauto Relka, Kauto Star was born in 2000, taking a portion of each horse’s name to make a mix of the two. During the bay gelding’s early years in France, he ran in ten races, picking up four wins, two seconds and two thirds before being bought by Clive D Smith and sent to Manor Farm Stables to be trained by professional horse trainer Paul Nicholls.
The forty-one major race meetings that followed saw a total of twenty-three wins, seven seconds and four thirds, making Kauto Star a worthwhile horse to back to win and to place, as he was capable of finishing each-way in most races that he wasn’t able to win outright. Kauto Star unfortunately injured himself in one of the paddocks at Manor Farm Stables in 2015, leading to his death. It was a sad day for horse racing, with AP McCoy labelling Kauto Star as ‘the most complete chaser of the modern era’.