RELAXED KEVIN WELL-SUITED TO SUCCESS, EVEN IN HEAT
KEVIN Kemp had his favourite suit in full bloom yesterday, ahead of his two hotpots doing battle at Doomben.
When told it was “relaxed racing” as the thermometer powered beyond the 30-degree mark, Kemp had a ready-made reply.
“I don’t care if it gets to 58 degrees. I’m not taking the jacket off.”
The good-luck charm looked to have paid off when Mr Marbellouz posted a monster seven-length win in what looked a strong Class 3 Plate.
His winning time of 59.64 wasn’t far outside Hidden Pearl’s 1050m course record as he gave his chasers no hope to zoom home in a slick 33.25 seconds.
“What a beauty. He’s a lovely young horse,” Kemp said.
“He showed his true potential. He had to do a bit of work when Ben’s (Currie’s) horse (Whycatchim) came up on his outside but he put them away nicely.
“I think he will be a really nice 1200m horse when we get him up to that trip.”
It wasn’t so smooth sailing half an hour later with odds-on favourite Plumaro who got back to last before powering to the line when it was all over in the 2YO event.
The Spirit Of Boom filly looks desperate for more ground but Kemp said she would be back again in three weeks for another 1200m race, then go two weeks into the rich QTIS race at the Gold Coast (1200m).
“She’ll be right. We can’t ride her any differently,” he said. “It was kind of like she didn’t get interested until the last 100m. She wasn’t going anywhere for a few strides, then she just took off.
“I’m hoping these two might be able to take me away again (on another interstate trip). It’s great to have a couple of horses like them in the team.” And what about the suit? “It will be on. The temperature doesn’t matter,” he said.
Jag Guthmann-Chester had the seat on both Mr Marbellouz and Plumaro.
He tipped her to be a force later in the season when she gets over more ground.
“She just doesn’t have early speed and the other thing is that she’s still very new,” he said.