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Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges take centre stage at Burghley Horse Trials


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  • Two of the greatest National Hunt racehorses of all time enjoyed being back in the spotlight at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials last Sunday (8 September).

    Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges, both trained by former Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls, strutted their stuff in front of fans in the main arena.

    Thick as thieves: the former stable companions were reunited at Burghley

    Thick as thieves: the former stable companions were reunited at Burghley

    Dual Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star is now fully in the swing of his new life as a dressage horse with eventer Laura Collett.

    Dressage Diva: Laura started retraining Kauto in December

    Dressage diva: Kauto started his new dressage career in December

    Laura was not riding in the 4-star at Burghley having suffered a serious rotational fall in July, but is now back eventing and rode Kauto.

    Kauto Star on his way to winning the King George at Kempton

    Crowd favourite: Kauto is the only horse to regain the Gold Cup having lost it

    Kauto’s old stable companion Neptune Collonges, who was ridden at Burghley by Sam Wall, has also turned his hoof to dressage.

    Twinkle toes: Neptune Collonges shows the crowd his new moves

    Twinkle toes: Neptune Collonges shows the crowd his new moves

    The 2012 Grand National winner made a winning dressage debut with Lisa Hales in February.

    Celebrity status: The graceful grey had a legion of fans

    Celebrity status: The graceful grey has a legion of fans

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