Kemboy had the benefit of a run before winning this Grade 1 12 months ago, but due to the complications with his owners’ group, he is only making his return now.
However, such is his record when fresh, and the level of form he has achieved, he is still a confident selection to make it successive wins. He was last seen winning the Punchestown Gold Cup on his final start last season, typically travelling strongly through the race and showing a good attitude to fend off stablemate and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo.
A repeat of that performance will see him very hard to beat.
12:15 Leopardstown – Jon Snow
Jon Snow was fairly useful on the Flat when trained in France and made a very encouraging start over hurdles for new connections in a big-field event at Cork last month.
That was his first start for 18 months, and his lack of experience compared to the two that beat him was evident, looking threatening approaching three out but an untidy jump did him no favours.
Jon Snow wasn’t persevered with once held, and he is open to any amount of improvement now, likely to prove hard to beat in a race Willie Mullins has tasted success in the past.
14:15 Limerick – Moscowsowhat
This will be the most competitive environment that Moscowsowhat has ever been in, but he has shown enough in four maiden hurdles to suggest he is up to winning races from this mark now handicapping.
He was a lot shorter in the betting compared to his first three starts and duly showed his best form when runner-up at this course last time – seeming suited by the return to a longer trip.
He now goes up even further to three miles, something which ought to suit, and he should be bang in the mix with likely improvement forthcoming.
12:15 Leopardstown: Jon Snow
15:10 Leopardstown: Kemboy
14:15 Limerick: Moscowsowhat
* All odds correct at time of posting.