Win goes against all odds

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

THERE’S an ob­vi­ous ques­tion that pops to mind when as­sess­ing the form of ex­cit­ing Toowoomba gal­loper Mr Mar­bel­louz, who has won his first two starts by a com­bined 16 lengths.

How did he start at $ 21 on de­but?

Mr Mar­bel­louz will aim to make it three from three when he runs in a Class 3 Plate ( 1200m) at Doomben this Sat­ur­day af­ter be­ing scratched from last Sat­ur­day’s 2 & 3YO Plate be­cause of a wide bar­rier.

Trainer Kevin Kemp said he ex­pected Mr Mar­bel­louz to be shorter in the mar­ket at his de­but, but wasn’t bullish about his win­ning chances.

He duly won by seven lengths and then a fort­night later put al­most 10 lengths on Class 1 ri­vals.

“It’s funny be­cause ( dual stakes win­ner and mul­ti­ple Group placed) Sold For Song also started at $ 21 when she won on de­but,” Kemp said.

“She had tri­alled re­ally well, but we just backed her on the tote and maybe that’s why the book­ies kept wind­ing her out.

“I wasn’t as con­fi­dent with Mr Mar­bel­louz. He had tri­alled just okay in a jumpout. We didn’t let him go, but you never re­ally know how much they have up the sleeve. As it turned out, he had quite a bit!

“I was just hop­ing he could run a place on de­but so it would qual­ify him for a maiden.

“Hope­fully he can keep go­ing through the grades and maybe be a trav­el­ling com­pan­ion for Sold For Song in the spring.”

Horse trainer Kevin Kemp.

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