KEMP’S PLACE IN MELBOURNE HAS SPEEDY MARE FIRING
SOUTHERN STINT: Sold For Song (right) fights out the finish with Keen Array (left) and Malibu Style (second left). Picture: AAP SOLD For Song’s classy effort to run second in the Gilgai Stakes yesterday was enough to justify Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp’s working holiday in Melbourne.
Kemp has decided to base himself in Melbourne with Sold For Song over the next month and only return home intermittently.
“I don’t get many chances to travel horses away, unless it’s out west, so with a mare like her I’m excited to be down here with her,” he said.
“I’m lucky to have really good staff at home and we communicate by video footage. It’s easy to keep up to speed.”
Sold For Song may have won in another couple of bounds at Flemington, but for Kemp, it was as good as winning.
“I watched it from the saddling enclosure and I thought she might have run third, so getting the second was a pleasant surprise,” he said.
“We brought her down here in February so we knew she’s got no troubles with the track and having run well we will stick with the plan to go to the Tristarc and then hopefully into the Myer.
“If she doesn’t make the field for that race we can run in a 1400m mares race on Cup day.”