RE­LAXED KEVIN WELL-SUITED TO SUC­CESS, EVEN IN HEAT

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

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.

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