Gold Cup favourite Kemboy facing ban after owners blocked from running horses
- Kemboy is as short as 6-1 favourite with bookmakers for next year’s Gold Cup
- But the horses could be barred from running for the forseeable future
- Ban placed on entries and declarations registered in horse’s ownership
Kemboy, as short as 6-1 favourite with bookmakers for next season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, could be barred from running for the foreseeable future following a ban on entries and declarations registered in the ownership of Supreme Horse Racing Club.
The syndicate, exclusively aligned with champion trainer Willie Mullins, have emerged as a major force within Irish racing courtesy of recent performances on the track from Punchestown GoldCup winner Kemboy, while stablemates Cadmium and Aramon also excelled last season.
Following a series of complaints from members of the syndicate, Horse Racing Ireland has requested answers from Supreme in relation to what the governing body described as ‘a number of queries and concerns’, and said it has so far received ‘an unsatisfactory response’.
Gold Cup favourite Kemboy could be barred from running for the foreseeable future
In a statement HRI owner relations manager Aidan McGarry said: ‘Horse Racing Ireland has engaged with Supreme Horse Racing Club to seek information to resolve a number of queries and concerns.
‘Following an unsatisfactory response from Supreme Horse Racing Club, Horse Racing Ireland, under Horse Racing Ireland Directive 15, has suspended Supreme Horse Racing Club’s ownership accounts from all activity, including the running of horses from Monday, October 21.
‘At all times Supreme Horse Racing Club was aware that the penalty for the non-delivery of the information requested by Horse Racing Ireland would be that a hold would be put on all entries and declarations for horses registered by Supreme Horse Racing Club.’
Hot favourite Mogul is one of five runners for Aidan O’Brien in a six-strong field for Saturday’s Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster, while Geelong Cup hero Prince Of Arran is guaranteed a place in next month’s Lexus Melbourne Cup, after Racing Victoria confirmed a penalty for Charlie Fellowes’ big-race hope.