By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp is daring to dream about a record fifth Weetwood Handicap following Tisani Tomso’s victory at Doomben on Saturday.
Tisani Tomso, ridden by Paul Hammersley, lived up to his recent consistent form by downing Boomwaa by 1-3/4 lengths in the Daniel Bullimore Open Handicap (1200m).
Stella Ombra was a similar margin away, third.
Kemp currently shares the record of four Weetwood wins along with the late Billy Nielsen who also trained in Toowoomba in the 1960’s and 70’s.
Kemp equalled Nielsen’s record when Typhoon Red was successful in 2014.
His previous Weetwood winners were Startell in 2001 and Tellem in 2005 and 2007.
Kemp believes Tisani Tomso is an ideal Weetwood horse and has earned his chance at the famous Listed feature in April.
“I’d love to get him into the Weetwood,” Kemp said.
“I tried to get him in it last year but his rating wasn’t good enough.
“After this win though his rating should go up enough for him to get in.”
Kemp believed Tisani Tomso deserved his win - his 11th in 62 starts.
It was his first in Brisbane since October, 2015.
“He’s been a fabulous horse to me and my brother-in law,” Kemp said.
“He’s earned nearly $360,000 in prizemoney and he’s a homebred.
“We don’t get many chances to come to Brisbane with runners but it’s great when we go home with a win.”
Kemp’s brother-in-law Jim Moore named the seven-year-old after his children, Tim, Samuel, Michael, Tommy and Sophie.
“He gets his names after the first two letters of Jim’s children,” Kemp said.
Kemp was confident Tisani Tomso would win after a pre-race discussion with Hammersley.
“Paul and I watched a few of the earlier races and decided to give the fence a go,” Kemp said.
“They weren’t using the fence and it turned out perfectly.
“You couldn’t fault his form going into the race and we knew he’d be hard to beat if he got the right run.”
Racing Queensland webnews February 3