Willie Mullins is set to take Kemboy to the Ladbrokes Trophy next month after his win in the Clonmel Oil Chase The six-year-old, who was making his reappearance having won a valuable handicap at the Punchestown Festival in April last time out, managed to edge three lengths ahead of last year’s winner Alpha Des Obeaux at the line thanks to a flying jump on the final fence.
Mullins was pleased with Kemboy’s efforts and immediately set his sights on the Ladbrokes Trophy, which is formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, taking place at Newbury on December 1.
He said: “I was delighted with him, because I didn’t think he could be that straight and I wondered was I running him too quick before the Ladbrokes. He was very fresh and very free and that was smart to do that today. “I imagine he goes to the Ladbrokes now and I’m told he has a mandatory 4lb penalty for winning this.”