Kauto Stone Has Punchestown Aim

Tue 12th Feb 2013, 13:14

Kauto Stone
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Kauto Stone is to be aimed at the Punchestown Festival after being scratched from all his options at Cheltenham next month.

The Robin Geffen-owned seven-year-old has enjoyed great success in Ireland since joining Paul Nicholls having won at Down Royal's November meeting for the last two years.

He beat First Lieutenant in the JNwine.com Champion Chase this season but has been well beaten since in the King George VI Chase and the Cleeve Hurdle.

Charlie Liverton, Geffen's racing manager, said: "Kauto Stone is not going to Cheltenham but instead he is being kept fresh and aimed for Punchestown."

Battaash v Lady Aurelia

Following his breath-taking four length victory in the 2017 running of the Prix de L’Abbaye, it is difficult to envisage that any horse can beat Battaash over 5 furlongs when in that sort of form. It was a stunning performance where he made Group 1 sprinters look ordinary. A field that included the Nunthorpe Stakes winner Marsha in behind. So can he confirm himself as the top sprinter around or will it be another Royal Ascot success for the American speedster Lady Aurelia when the pair clash next month? Here we look at each horses credentials heading in to one of the most anticipated clashes of the season. You can see the latest betting on Royal Ascot now in which Star Sports currently make Battaash 11/4 favourite ahead of 3/1 Lady Aurelia to win the King Stand Stakes on 19th June.

THE IRISH TIMES