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Fighting Teo aims to give Kemp his first Tatt's Cup

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Kevin Kemp believes Fighting Teo can repel the Chris Waller invasion in the Group 2 Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Waller has six runners lining up in the 2400-metre feature but Kemp believes Fighting Teo can prove a giant killer.

Waller runners filled the first six places in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap two weeks ago and he has the top five in Tattersall’s Cup markets spearheaded by Another Dollar, who is a $3.80 favourite.

Kemp has never had a runner in the Tattersall’s Cup and is looking forward to Fighting Teo’s David and Goliath clash.

Fighting Teo stands at more than 17 hands and is one of the tallest horses racing in Queensland.

The five-year-old is coming off a last start fourth to the Waller-trained Raqeeq over 2400 metres at the Gold Coast on May 29.

“We’ve been one race behind with him all preparation but he’s spot on this time,” Kemp said.

“He’s won over 2400 metres in a restricted race so I’m not worried about him running the distance.

“It’s a race full of class with Waller making up most of the field but my bloke will run well.

“We originally brought him back this winter with the Caloundra and Ipswich Cups in mind but they’re not on any more due to the virus restrictions.

“He’s now better prepared for this race after running over 2400 metres last start.”

We’ve been one race behind with him all preparation but he’s spot on this time

Kevin Kemp

Kemp considered sending Fighting Teo to Sydney for the Listed Winter Cup ( also 2400 metres) at Rosehill on Saturday.

“I was going to nominate him for the Sydney race but when I rang and found out there were only 13 nominated in the Tatt’s Cup we decided to stay here,” he said.

“I think Another Dollar is the one to beat as he’s thrown in at the weights.”

Fellow Toowoomba stayer Romakash is unlikely to start in the Tattersall’s Cup due to a minor blood disorder.

“It’s not serious and he should throw it off fairly quickly,” Kropp said.

“I wasn’t happy with him yesterday so I got his blood taken and it came back with an irregularity.

“It’s disappointing as we’ve been waiting for this race for a while.

“Originally we had hoped to eventually get him out in distance to 3200 metres in the Queensland Cup but it’s not on this year.”

Kropp was hopeful Romakash would acquit himself well in the Tattersall’s Cup following his last start third at his first attempt over 2400 metres at the Gold Coast last month.

Racing Queensland webnews - June 12