|Kicking King is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Fairy Blaze by Old Vic. He was born around 1998 in Ireland, and was bred by Sunnyhill Stud.|
Byrne Group Novice Hurdle (2003)|
Gowran Park Champion Chase (2004)
Arkle Perpetual Challenge Cup (2004)
John Durkan Memorial Chase (2004)
King George VI Chase (2004, 2005)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (2005)
Punchestown Gold Cup (2005)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Kicking King is a National Hunt racehorse trained in Ardclough, Co. Kildare, Ireland, by Tom Taaffe. He is best known for his victory in the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the major Chase run at the Cheltenham Festival. He also won the King George VI Chase in 2004 and 2005; once at Kempton and once at Sandown Park, when the race was relocated due to the development of an all-weather track at Kempton. He was second twice in previous Cheltenham Festivals, in the 2003 Supreme Novices' Hurdle and in the 2004 Arkle Challenge Trophy.
After suffering a tendon injury in the 2005 King George VI Chase he was withdrawn from competition for the rest of the hunt season. He was due to make a comeback in the 2006-07 season but on further inspection of his injury it was decided to keep the horse off the track for the rest of the season. However he returned in January 2008, finishing a close second to Nickname in the Normans Grove Chase. He was subsequently sent off favourite for the Red Mills Chase in February, but disappointed when finishing third. Kicking King's comeback season ended on a bad note, as he went on to contest the Punchestown Gold Cup, but was pulled up.
He reappeared for the 2008/09 season in the Grade 2 Gowran Park Champion Chase, but was a faller in the race eventually won by Knight Legend. He made another appearance in a chase at Punchestown, where he was 2nd of 4 runners behind War Of Attrition, which proved to be his last race, as he was retired in November 2008.
Since his successful debut in a National Hunt flat race, Kicking King has amassed more than £800,000 in prize money and has six Grade One wins to his name.