By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp will be guided by Mr Marbellouz’s performance at Doomben on Saturday before deciding if the gelding starts again before next month’s Listed Weetwood Handicap.
Mr Marbellouz will step out for only his second start in 12 months in the Open Handicap over 1110 metres.
The seven-year-old was struck down with a virus after finishing eighth to Man Booker in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich in June last year, with his comeback further delayed after he struck himself.
Mr Marbellouz produced a huge effort in his comeback when he led and faded late to finish third to the Tony Gollan-trained Just Orm over 1000 metres at Doomben on August 8.
Kemp was delighted with Mr Marbellouz’s return and is not concerned with the second-up hoodoo.
Mr Marbellouz has won two of his three starts second up and was placed on the other occasion.
He also is a track specialist with five wins and four placings from 10 starts at Doomben.
“I thought his run two weeks ago was terrific considering it was his first run in 12 months,” Kemp said.
“He pulled up well after the race and he’s ready to go again.
“I’ve got the Weetwood in mind for him next month but there’s a chance this could be his last run before it.
“There’s another race for him in two weeks but if he races well, he could go straight into the Weetwood and a month between runs won't hurt him.”