KEMBOY is likely to have his next outing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed.

The rapidly improving chaser was a brilliant winner of the Savills Chase over Christmas and is a general 5-1 shot for the big race in March.

 Kemboy was a brilliant winner of the Savills Chase

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Kemboy was a brilliant winner of the Savills Chase

Having struck in the Clonmel Oil Chase on his reappearance, the seven-year-old took his form to a new level with an emphatic victory in Leopardstown’s prestigious Grade 1.

With opportunities before March now few and far between, trainer Willie Mullins has revealed his star seven-year-old is likely to head straight to Cheltenham.

Mullins said: “Kemboy is good, and I’m very pleased with how he came out of the race.

“I’m very happy with the way he has improved all year, and I think he can maintain that improvement.

“I don’t think he needs another run. However, he’ll probably get an entry (for the Irish Gold Cup) – and we’ll see what way the race cuts up.

“I would rather just go straight to Cheltenham, I think.”

Mullins also had an update on Sharjah, who destroyed a strong field in the Christmas Hurdle.

 Sharjah was electric at Leopardstown

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Sharjah was electric at Leopardstown

He said: “He’s another horse that I think is benefiting from a gap between his races.

“As much as I’d love to go to Leopardstown with him – he’ll have an entry, and we’ll see how he is – I think I’d rather produce them in March fresh.”

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