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