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Ill Kemp has eyes on fourth Weetwood

Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:39:13 PM
Industry: Thoroughbreds
Type: Racing News
Ill Kemp has eyes on fourth Weetwood
Trainer Kevin Kemp will attempt to claim his fourth Weetwood Handicap on his home track at Toowoomba next month following Typhoon Red's win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Kemp has been battling pneumonia for the past fortnight and was too ill to make the trip to Brisbane to watch the five-year-old win for the third time this campaign in the Mount Franklin Sparkling Open Handicap (1500m).

The son of Red Dazzler was perfectly ridden by Toowoomba jockey Nozi Tomizawa before scoring by a short neck over Lady Echelon.

Renewed Vitality was only a short half head away third.

"I was diagnosed with pneumonia two weeks ago but it hasn't stopped me from going to the track of a morning," Kemp said.

"But I decided not to go to Brisbane to watch the races and stayed home today to watch them on television."

Kemp praised Tomizawa for his perfect ride on Typhoon Red who will now be aimed at the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba on April 12.

"What a great ride from Nozi and he deserved it," Kemp said.

"His last three rides for me in Brisbane have all been winners. He's won twice on Kempelly and now Typhoon Red."

Kemp is disappointed the Weetwood Handicap has been reduced in distance from 1300 metres to 1200 metres.

"It's disappointing the race has been reduced to 1200 metres but it won't affect my bloke too much," Kemp said.

"In fact there will be a lot more sprinters going for it now so it might suit him if there's a lot of speed up front."

Kemp has won the Listed feature three times with Tellem in 2005-07 and Startell in 2001.

Typhoon Red's win took his record to nine wins from 20 starts and boosted his prizemoney to more than $133,000.

He has proven to be a bargain for retired horticulturalist Graham Thomas and wife Lyn, who bred him from their broodmare Gentle Thunder.

"Graham and Lyn have been great supporters of mine and they deserve this win as well," Kemp said.

"They have four broodmares on their property here in Toowoomba."

Kemp was always confident Typhoon Red would win despite his previous seventh in the Listed Member's Cup (1600m) at Eagle Farm on March 1.

"You only had to read the stewards' report to know he was very unlucky at his previous start," Kemp said.

"He nearly fell twice when he blundered and Jimmy Byrne said he was bolting until those incidents.

"Jim said it knocked the stuffing out of him when he nearly came down."

Glenn Davis

Racing Queensland webnews  March 22

Photo: Trackside Photography

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