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Plumaro steps up to city class in bid to maintain unbeaten record

By Glenn Davis

Promising filly Plumaro will be out to prove her slashing debut win at Toowoomba was no fluke when she steps up to city class at Doomben on Saturday.

Plumaro, a daughter of brilliant first season sire Spirit Of Boom, won her debut by more than nine lengths after being heavily backed at Toowoomba on January 28.

Trainer Kevin Kemp has big plans in store for Plumaro but is mindful how easily two-year-olds are affected by their work load early in their careers.

Kemp hopes Plumaro can give him back-to-back Saturday wins in the metropolitan area following Tisani Tomso’s win at Doomben last Saturday.

Plumaro is only lightly framed which is one reason Kemp decided to engage three-kilo apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester for her in the Jim Beam QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m).

“She’s not a big filly that’s why I wanted to claim on her,” Kemp said.

“Her Toowoomba win couldn’t have been more impressive.

“It was an unbelievable effort. She missed the kick a bit and really let down well.”

Kemp will monitor Plumaro closely after her city debut ahead of plans to start her in the $250,000 QTIS Two-Year-Old Jewel for fillies at the Gold Coast on March 17.

“The QTIS money we have now is unbelievable and this race next month is worth $250,000 and it’s for QTIS horses only,” he said.

“That’s where she’s going for the moment provided she pulls up well but there’s still five weeks to go.

“She’ll probably have one more run at Doomben beforehand.”

Ultimately, Kemp is hopeful of aiming for the Brisbane winter carnival with Plumaro.

“The winter races are her main goals as I think 1200 and 1400 metres will suit her a lot better,” Kemp said.

Plumaro is the only Spirit Of Boom two-year-old in Kemp’s stable but he would like more.

“Unfortunately, she’s the only one I’ve got but I’d love a stable full of them,” he said.

“They are winning everywhere, even at Caulfield.”

Kemp also is excited about the prospects of Mr Marbellouz in the Cascade Class Three Plate (1050m).

“He’s in at Toowoomba on Friday as well but I’ll study the fields before deciding where to run him,” he said.

“He had a bit of a mishap when he ran a nail through his foot but he’s over that now.

“He’s won three of his four starts on his home track but he’s up against the big boys now.”

Mr Marbellouz won two of his first three starts by big margins before resuming with a three lengths win at Toowoomba on January 19.

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