Magic Mil­lions berth on the line for Kemp duo at Doomben

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

PLANS to con­test Magic Mil­lions races go on the line at Doomben to­mor­row for Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemps duo of Sold For Song and Plumaro.

Kemp is look­ing to­wards the Magic Mil­lions Cup for Sold for Song and the Guineas Plumaro

their first steps to­wards those fea­tures starts at Doomben to­mor­row when they con­test the Listed Bris­bane Hand­i­cap (1600m) and Listed Just Now Qual­ity (1350m) re­spec­tively.

Sold For Song has been very good in plac­ing at her past two starts and is look­ing to end an 896 day ab­sence from the win­ners’ cir­cle.

“She found line nicely last start at the end of 1350m so I think the mile could be re­ally good for her,” Kemp said

“She was a lit­tle bit un­lucky when blocked for a run in the straight.

“I think if you that race five times you would get five dif­fer­ent win­ners.”

Prior to her third in the Recog­ni­tion Stakes, Sold For Song failed in three runs on rain af­fected tracks be­fore a half-length sec­ond at the Sun­shine Coast when back on a dry sur­face.

“I think she re­ally likes the firm tracks now,” he said.

“Her last two starts have been on firm and she has only a half-length from the win­ner.”

Three-year-old filly Plumaro takes on the older mares for the first time to­mor­row but Kemp be­lieves this is a more suit­able as­sign­ment than other op­tions.

“It’s al­ways chal­lenge tak­ing on the older mares but to be fair to her, I thought 1200m around Doomben in the Mode Stakes last week or Gold Edi­tion next week wouldn’t have be to her ad­van­tage chas­ing those fast fil­lies,” he said.

“I wouldn’t mind tak­ing them on in the Guineas over 1400m around

Gold Coast.

“I think that will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent sce­nario.”

Plumaro showed she was of the best two-year-old fil­lies in Queens­land two wins and two sec­onds in the first four starts be­fore tack­ing Group 2 Sires’ Pro­duce and

1 J.J Atkins Stakes. De­spite fin­ish­ing mid­field, Kemp was thrilled by her ef­forts against the likes of The Au­tumn Sun, Lean Mean Ma­chine and Zou­sain.

“She was less than four lengths from the win­ner both times and against those horses, she held her head up high.”

De­spite the chal­lenges the pair face, Kemp is con­fi­dent they will more than hold their own this week­end.

Plumaro and sta­ble­mate Sold For Song are be­ing tested for a Magic Mil­lions start at Doomben to­mor­row.

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