Kemboy may bid to bounce back from Gold Cup in Betway Bowl
Kemboy may bid to bounce back from his early exit in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the Betway Bowl at Aintree.
Following a dominant display in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December, the seven-year-old was the shortest-priced of four Willie Mullins-trained runners in the blue riband last week.
But he stumbled badly and unseated the trainer's nephew, David, after the very first fence - leaving members of the Supreme Horse Racing Club to wonder what might have been as they saw Kemboy's stablemate, Al Boum Photo, provide Mullins with a belated first Gold Cup triumph.
Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: "What happened at Cheltenham was hugely disappointing for everyone involved. We'd waited the best part of three months to see him run in the Gold Cup - and it was all over after the first fence.
"It was just really unlucky. David said the horse jumped the fence fine, but collided with another horse on the way down and basically his legs were taken from underneath him.
"Thankfully Kemboy was none the worse and returned to Ireland absolutely full of himself."
He added: "The two options for him are the Bowl at Aintree and the Punchestown Gold Cup - and given he didn't have a race at Cheltenham, there is every chance he could go to Aintree first.
"While a lot of horses in the Gold Cup had hard races, he is obviously going into the spring a fresh horse.
"We were all gutted after he fell at the first in the Irish Grand National last season. But then he went and won his next four races, so sometimes these things can work in your favour."