By Glenn Davis
Trainer Kevin Kemp experienced an emotional roller coaster following Mr Marbellouz’s runaway win and the defeat of heavily backed favourite Plumaro at Doomben on Saturday.
Mr Marbellouz led most of the way to annihilate his rivals in the Cascade Class Three Plate (1050m) while stablemate Plumaro was runner-up to Mishani Hustler in the Jim Beam QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m).
Mr Marbellouz was taken on for the lead in the early stages before fighting off his challenges to score by seven lengths over Lifesaver who flashed home from near the tail of the field turning for home.
Il Riccio, who was having his first start since October 2016, also produced an eye-catching run to finish third, a further half neck away.
Mr Marbellouz’s win was his fourth from five starts and his time of 59.64 seconds was a new class record.
He won two of his first three starts by big margins before resuming with a three-length win at Toowoomba on January 19.
Kemp has always had a big opinion of Mr Marbellouz who also was an acceptor for Friday’s Toowoomba meeting before the decision was made to head to the city.
“He let down better than I thought but as good as I hoped,” Kemp said.
“On that win he could be a good horse.”
Kemp is now likely to target the Brisbane winter carnival with both Mr Marbellouz and Plumaro despite his defeat.
Plumaro, a daughter of sire of the moment Spirit Of Boom, was tardy out of the barriers and got back to last at one stage before finishing strongly to do down by three-quarters of a length to Mishani Hustler.
Kemp will monitor Plumaro closely before deciding whether to start her in the $250,000 QTIS Two-Year-Old Jewel for fillies at the Gold Coast on March 17.
Ultimately, Kemp is hopeful of aiming for the Brisbane winter carnival with Plumaro.
Trainer Ben Currie said he was concerned going to 1200 metres with Mishani Hustler but predicted the youngster had a bright future.
Racing Queensland webnews February 10