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Trainer Kevin Kemp and apprentice Madeline Wishart hope to kick start their new association on a winning note when comeback sprinter Mr Marbellouz returns at Doomben on Saturday.
Wishart transferred her indentures to Kemp last week and will have her first ride for her new master when Mr Marbellouz resumes in the Open Handicap over 1050 metres.
Mr Marbellouz hasn’t raced for over 12 months since finishing eighth to Man Booker in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich in June last year.
“Maddy transferred to me about 10 days ago and I’d love it if Mr Marbellouz can give her a winner,” Kemp said.
“But realistically, it’s going to be very tough as Mr Marbellouz hasn’t race for over 12 months.
“He’s ready to run but he’ll be a lot fitter after this run.”
Mr Marbellouz - now a seven-year-old - was rated an up-and-coming sprinter early in his career when he won six of his first seven starts.
He now has eight wins and four placings from only 18 starts, including a Stakes win in the Listed Ascot Handicap at Doomben in April last year.
“We gave him a good break after he had a virus then he gave his leg a good knock so we gave him a bit more time off,” Kemp said.
“He’s been in work a long time and has had a couple of jump outs to prepare for this run.
“His last jump out was really good and he pulled up in great order.”
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Kemp is not concerned with an awkward barrier eight for Mr Marbellouz with rain forecast on Friday.
“There looks a lot of speed in the race and if the rain comes by race eight it might be better out wide,” Kemp said.
“He should still be able to slot into a nice spot.”
Kemp is targeting next month’s Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba with Mr Marbellouz, who finished eighth in last year’s feature won by Sexy Eyes.
Kemp has won a record-equalling four Weetwood Handicaps.
He won his first Weetwood Handicap with Startell in 2001 before claiming three more with Tellem in 2005 and 2007 and Typhoon Red in 2014.
The late Billy Nielsen - who also trained at Toowoomba - held the record for Weetwood wins before Kemp joined him with Typhoon Red’s victory.
Doomben | Brisbane Racing Club@Doomben | 3:47 PM