FACE OF JESUS FOUND IN SOCK
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.
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.
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.