FACE OF JE­SUS FOUND IN SOCK

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN By HE­LEN SKILLEN

TRI­UMPHANT nag Kauto Star made rac­ing his­tory this week with an in­cred­i­ble FIFTH King Ge­orge VI Chase win at Kemp­ton Park.

The 11-year-old – rid­den by Ruby Walsh – was up against arch-ri­val Long Run, a horse which beat him in the same race last sea­son.

But the two-time Chel­tenham Gold Cup cham­pion got re­venge by run­ning a per­fect race that left pun­ters deliri­ous.

The top dob­bin re­turned home to sta­bles in Ditcheat, Som­er­set, to a hero’s wel­come as fans lined the streets in cel­e­bra­tion.

But how much do you re­ally know about the Paul Ni­cholls-trained an­i­mal?

Have a read of our Top 10 facts and find out… 1. Kauto Star stands at 16.3hands high (1.6m from the floor to the shoul­der) and weighs around 520-530kg (81-83 stone) – nearly seven times more than that of an av­er­age hu­man male. 2. His av­er­age speed in the 2009 Chel­tenham Gold Cup was 29.4mph. Usain Bolt’s av­er­age speed in the 100m was 25.42mph. 3. He is the first horse to win more than £2 mil­lion in to­tal prize money, with £1,898,634 of this made in the UK. Desert Or­chid won £654,066 dur­ing his ca­reer. 4. Kauto Star is the first horse to re­gain Jump Rac­ing’s big­gest prize when he re­claimed the Chel­tenham Gold Cup from sta­ble­mate Den­man, in March 2009. each con­sist­ing of high-pro­tein race­horse cubes which are easy to di­gest, low in starch and high in en­ergy. He has one meal at break­fast, one for lunch and two for din­ner. This is two meals a day more than an av­er­age horse. 6. There are six Kauto horses reg­is­tered with the Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity – Kauto Star has two half-broth­ers, Kauto The Kid and Kauto Relko, and the oth­ers are named Kauto Cyreo, Kauto Ray and Kauto the Roc.

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feet in his rac­ing ca­reer in Bri­tain and Ire­land – more than four times the height of St Paul’s Cathe­dral in Lon­don. 8. It costs around £17,000 ev­ery year to keep Kauto Star, through train­ing and en­try fees, food and sta­bling. 10. He works out six days a week and takes ev­ery Sun­day off. He also likes to go to bed early, with lights out in the yard at 6pm. A STUNNED wo­man was hang­ing out her wash­ing to dry when she spot­ted the face of JE­SUS star­ing back at her from a sock!

Sarah Crane, 38, was so amazed by the re­li­gious vi­sion she even built a SHRINE to the woolly piece of footwear.

Sarah, from Or­p­ing­ton, Kent, re­vealed: “I’d left the wash­ing out to dry overnight – it had prob­a­bly been sit­ting there a bit too long – when I sud­denly no­ticed the iconic face.

“I called my boyfriend over straight away and we could both clearly see the face of Je­sus in the sock.

“You can see a straight-on face and a side pro­file too.

“We couldn’t be­lieve it.”

“I im­me­di­ately took some pic­tures to show our fam­ily and friends – they all thought it was hi­lar­i­ous.

“We think it’s a bit of a sign but for what, we don’t know.

“We thought it would be good to make a lit­tle shrine for it.”

Re­li­gious ex­pert Jim Drim­s­ley said: “God not only moves in mys­te­ri­ous ways, he washes in them too.

“The ma­chine ob­vi­ously was on a sin cy­cle.”

The face of Je­sus has pre­vi­ously been spot­ted on a drain­pipe, in a burned fry­ing pan and even on an ul­tra­sound scan in 2006.

The Mes­siah’s im­age was also spot­ted on Google Earth in a field in Hun­gary last year.

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have steamed up!

5. He eats four meals a day,

7. He has jumped over 2,000 9. Kauto Star gets through around 20 sets of steel shoes ev­ery year.

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