Champion Chase at Down Royal for Kemboy


Willie Mullins is currently leaning towards letting Kemboy make his reappearance.

Even the seven-year-old made improvement last season, with victories from the Clonmel Oil and Savills Chase at Leopardstown during the first half of this campaign bringing him a shot at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He also unseated his rider after the first fence in Prestbury Park, but awakened with a dominant display at Aintree before defeating his Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning stablemate Al Boum Photo in Punchestown under the Ruby Walsh.
Kemboy is a favourite and Mullins expects to visit him return to action.
He explained:Weve put him in the race at Down Royal and we will see how he is working. Its so far so good and I am quite pleased with what he is doing in your home.
In the moment were going towards Down Royal. I believe the trail will be handled by him up the floor along with there. I mainly thought of the floor because of him. I know the ground can get soft up there, however, more often than not the floor is good.
I did not need to enter any other horses for the race and rush them to it. This fellow comes right a bit faster and its a nice race to aim him at.
Plans are more liquid for Al Boum Photo, whereas Mullins is still thinking where and when to attract Klassical Dream back into action.
The latter won each of his four starts last season – including the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham – plus hes a favorite to supply a Champion Hurdle success to his coach March.
Al Boum Photo is great and Im quite happy with the progress he is making, said Mullins.
I do not really know where Ill start him. Before I start off him, Id like to get some cut in winter weather and the ground. I just need to keep him coaching and create a plan once the perfect opportunity arises.
Klassical Dream might go to Down Royal (WKD Hurdle), however I would state that the Morgiana in Punchestown is more probably where we will start off him.
He has been really good in the home.

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