Race On To Get Gold Cup Favourite Kemboy To Leopardstown

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Kemboy is expected to have ownership issues sorted out in time to run at Leopardstown's Christmas festival, but the entry deadline is fast approaching.

Race On To Get Gold Cup Favourite Kemboy To Leopardstown

The three-time Grade 1 winner has not run since landing the Punchestown Gold Cup in April, but his performance there was enough to see him top the Cheltenham Gold Cup bettting, where his odds are now no bigger than 888 Sport's 13/2.

A well-documented saga surrounding his ownership hit a major milestone late last week when Horse Racing Ireland voided registration of all horses registered to run under the Supreme Horse Racing Club banner.

Kemboy and the 28 other Supreme Horse Racing Club horses had been banned from running since mid-October over claims that the trustees of the club had acted fraudulently, allegedly over-selling shares in horses, and subsequently failing to provide HRI with accurate information detailing ownership details of all its horses.

The governing body was left with no option but to close Supreme Horse Racing Club's account, leaving their horses unregistered and unable to run. However, HRI also encouraged existing members of the club to reform on their own, and said they would work with them to achieve this through solicitor Patrick Kennedy, who had already been working towards resolving the issues.

Kemboy Owners 'Have United' To Re-Register

No horse in the Supreme Horse Racing Club's stable is as valuable as Kemboy, and his return to the racecourse has been prioritised, with an American businessman claiming he has proven to HRI that he owns a 40% stake in the seven-year-old, and is now pressing on with the goal of running in the Grade 1 Savill's Chase at Leopardstown on December 28 - a race Kemboy won last year.

"We were ready to roll before HRI made their announcement and now we are in full implementation mode as far as re-registering the horses, starting with Kemboy," Brett Graham told the Daily Mail.

"The good thing is the owners have united behind the effort to re-register the horses. I spoke to Willie [Mullins, trainer] and he is looking at all the horses and the entry calendar."

Kemboy could be re-registered as soon as this week, according to Graham, but he will have to be because entries close for the Savill's Chase on Wednesday, November 27. If he is not entered before or on that day, Graham and his fellow share-holders will have to pay €17,500 to enter as a supplement on December 19 instead.

Graham Has Stake In Robin De Carlow Too

Graham also owns a signifcant share in Supreme Horse Racing Club's talented mare Robin De Carlow, who this year alone has won four times, including at Grade 3 level over fences and hurdles.

In her last run, she beat Put The Kettle On, who last Sunday won the Grade 2 Arkle Trial Novices' Chase at Cheltenham, making Robin De Carlow 25/1 to win the longer JLT Novices' Chase in the Cheltenham Festival ante-post betting.

She too could be bound for Leopardstown's Christmas Festival, where Grade 1-winning hurdler Aramon could also be returning - though it is unknown whether Graham has any shares in the six-year-old.

Like Kemboy, he has been sidelined since April by the ownership dispute, but is due to embark on a Champion Hurdle campaign this term, bookmakers giving him odds of 33/1 to take that Cheltenham crown in March.

His first test could be the 2m December Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29, though he will have stiff competition from his stablemates alone, judging by Saldier's display in Sunday's Grade Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

Graham is also listed as owning shares in Galway Hurdle seventh Shanning and Tramore maiden hurdle winner Harrie, who could also, therefore, be among the first Supreme Horse Racing Club horses re-registered and back in the game.