Since Darryl’s passing just over a year ago following a long battle with illness, many within the racing industry have noted how the experienced trainer brought new people into racing, particularly through the Toowoomba business community, who previously was not involved with horses.
“That was the first time I had ever been involved in the real side of racing, outside of just being an interested observer,” Reedy recalled.
“Darryl (pictured) was good at that, bringing new people into syndicates, bringing people into racing that were not in it previously.
“He made them enjoy the experience, it is was fun.
“It has all continued on since I was a teenager and we have continued on with it since and now I am doing some syndicating myself.
“It has really come full circle with a horse like Alert and Ready.”
As well as Reedy in the connections of Alert and Ready is a big team of owners, who Kemp says are a good bunch of people and loyal to his yard.
A sizeable crowd turned out on Friday night for the first Darryl Gollan Memorial Race day at Clifford Park, which the Toowoomba Turf Club is hopeful will become an annual event on the Darling Downs.
Alert and Ready had been knocking on the door for her first career win for some time and the owners were glad to see the bay filly finally get the money in the 1300m event.
“I have known the entire family the whole way through and once they announced this race, I had a plan that we would love to attack that race,” Reedy said.
“We would love to get one across the line first and then we were lucky enough to do it.
“It was touching to win the first Darryl Gollan memorial race and be able to celebrate his life in a good way and remember all the good times.
“It was fitting to be there on the night and then win it with a nice little two-year-old, which Darryl was known for training so well.”
Alert And Ready got home under the guidance of Kemp stable apprentice Montanna Savva, who the veteran trainer believes is growing as a rider every day.
Savva has only been with Kemp for around six weeks.
Alert And Ready is nominated for Saturday at Doomben and is likely to then head towards the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 8.
As well as Kemp’s triumph, Toowoomba trainers Lindsay Hatch and Steve Tregea also trained winning doubles on Friday night.