Gold Cup Fav Kemboy Banned Over Owner Fraud Allegations

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Kemboy has been banned from running while his owners Supreme Horse Racing Club are investigated for fraud.

Gold Cup Fav Kemboy Banned Over Owner Fraud Allegations

Horse Racing Ireland, the governing body of horse racing in Ireland, has issued a ban on the syndicator making entries or declarations, after claims that it has considerably oversold shares in some of its horses.

Supreme Horse Racing Club also faces numerous other allegations of financial impropriety, including some considered fraud and theft. Though many of these allegations fall outside HRI's remit, it has been seeking further information from Supreme about the complaints since August.

Having failed to receive adequate responses to their queries, relating to the details of each horse's ownership shares, HRI on October 7 warned Supreme that its owner account would be suspended on October 18 if they did not comply. They did not, and on Monday, October 21 the account was locked.

What Does This Mean For Kemboy?

Though Supreme Horse Racing Club has scores of top-draw jumpers, Kemboy shines brightest in the blue and white colours, having landed a hat-trick of Grade 1 chases last season, including the Punchestown Gold Cup - which proved to be champion jockey Ruby Walsh's historic, final ride.

The seven-year-old, whose 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are no bigger than 13/2 favourite, was due to begin his season in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, November 2. He is entered in the €140,000 Grade 1, but will forfeit his place next Monday if Supreme Racing Club's owners account has not been freed by that next entry stage.

Trainer Willie Mullins then faces a headache as to where to start his Gold Cup hope, with entries for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury also closing this Monday, and entries for the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock closing the following Monday, on November 4 - though Kemboy could be supplemented on November 18 at a cost of £10,000.

The next option for Mullins could be to go for the race that Kemboy started in in 2018, the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase on Thursday, November 14 - which he would need to enter on November 7 - but he would have to carry a 7lb Grade 1 winner's penalty in that test.

What About Supreme's Other Horses?

Among Supreme Horse Racing Club's 28 other horses in training is Grade 1-winning hurdler Aramon, Topham Chase winner Cadmium, and recent Listed hurdle and Grade 3 chase winners Listen Dear and Robin De Carlow.

With Mullins having not confirmed what route Aramon will take this year, the six-year-old features in the betting for both the Arkle Novices' Chase and Champion Hurdle at next year's Cheltenham Festival.

He won a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Leopardstown last Christmas, and went on to be sixth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, and second in the Aintree equivalent. Good ground being important to Aramon's success, his running plans would ordinarily hinge on weather, so with limited flexibility this ban could hamper him more than most Supreme horses.

Having won over the Grand National fences last spring, Cadmium has odds in the 2020 Grand National betting, though is not expected to step up in trip this term. However, this time last season, he had already run four times, including a Grade 3 win at Punchestown.

Nine-time winner Listen Dear was today sold for £38,000 at auction at the Goffs UK Autumn HIT Sale.