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Walsh relishing Kemboy link-up

3rd April 2019, 09:48 by Craig Smithson

Ruby Walsh is looking forward to being reunited with Kemboy in the Betway Bowl at Aintree on Thursday.

The 39-year-old has not been paired with the seven-year-old since his winning Irish debut in a Limerick maiden hurdle in December 2016.

Kemboy goes to Aintree on the back of a disappointing Cheltenham Festival last month when he unseated trainer Willie Mullins' nephew, David, in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Walsh still has high hopes for this week.

Walsh told Racing TV: "His form heading into Cheltenham was rock solid. He was very good in Leopardstown at Christmas, he won the Clonmel Oil and carried top-weight to win a novice handicap in Punchestown at the back-end of last season. He's an improving horse.

"I don't know if he over jumped or knuckled over at the back of the first fence in the Gold Cup. It's quite hard to see it on the replays, but he was a bit of distance from the back of the fence, which makes you think it maybe wasn't the jump that got him.

"He's come out of Cheltenham well - he's fresh and seems to be in great order."

He added: "It is a good renewal, but I think Aintree will really suit Kemboy and he seems to be in good form."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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