Kemboy defied his freshness to land the Grade Two Clonmel Oil Chase.

Five went to post for this 2 ½ mile chase.

Alpha Des Obeaux went straight to the front from Rashaan and Kemboy.

Racing down the back, there was little change, but the field tightened up, with Kemboy pulling hard.

By the sixth fence, Kemboy had pulled to the front from Alpha Des Obeaux, with this pair well clear of Rashaan, Doctor Phoenix and A Toi Phil.

Two out, the pace increased, with Alpha Des Obeaux ahead of Kemboy and the other three poised to pounce in a wide-open race.

At the second last, Kemboy ranged alongside the leader and this pair moved three lengths clear, with their rivals unable to close.

Alpha Des Obeaux was more fluent, but Kemboy quickened again on the flat and a good jump at the last sealed victory over Alpha Des Obeaux, by about three lengths, with a wide gap back to A Toi Phil.

Trainer Willie Mullins commented: “I hadn’t him declared at 10am yesterday and with the new HRI initiative of reopening races with a small amount of runners, he was the first one I’ve ever declared after 10am. I said we’d chance it and it worked out for us.

“I was delighted with him because I didn’t think he could be that straight and I wondered was I running him too quick before the Ladbrokes (Trophy, at Newbury). He was very fresh and very free and that was smart to do that today.
“I imagine he goes to the Ladbrokes now and I’m told he has a mandatory 4lbs penalty for winning this.”