While Weasel may have lost some gate speed over the years, he always gives everything on the track and does not look like losing the zest for racing anytime soon.
That has never been more evident than the past week, with Kerr taking Weasel to the Kingaroy Show, looking to qualify for the Garrards Showcase.
Despite his many tricks and vices, Weasel stepped cleanly as he always seems to do and was able to claim the Woodall Memorial Heat before the Finals were abandoned.
Kerr is a Show veteran, having been a regular over the years at the various events and is considering competing with Weasel at the upcoming Gympie Show.
Kerr only has a few horses in work, his horses are a hobby to enjoy and keep his days filled or as he states, “just to keep me ticking over.”
Ticking over is a nice status for Kerr, who was perilously close to not ticking at all.
Around 12 years ago, Kerr was involved in a sickening track-work accident and by all rights, he should not still be on this earth.
“I was working one and it went over, and it was nearly the end of me,” Kerr said.
“I was dead, I died on the track, but they managed to revive me before getting me to the hospital.”
Placed in an induced coma, the list of injuries is unimaginable with fractures to his neck, shoulder, jaw, ribs, 12 fractures of the spine, internal organ damage, punctured lungs, and valve damage on the heart.
Kerr’s wife was called to the hospital and told to say goodbye to her husband as the trauma specialist believed there was far too much damage to his body.
After three days, to the amazement of the trauma team, Kerr awoke from the coma.
“I couldn’t talk because of the tubes down my throat so motioned for a notepad,” Kerr explains.
“I was able to write down for my daughter, not as bad as it looks.”
From there began an amazing recovery and recuperation, and a long-term challenge to eventually get back to working with the horses.
It took Kerr five years to get back licenced and ever since, Kerr loves the challenges that horses can provide.
Just like when he was given the opportunity to take on Weasel, a horse that had provided headaches to many before Kerr decided to give him a go.
“You can buy a horse and win races, but I have no interest in that,” Kerr said.
Another two horses currently in the Kerr stable that were give-aways are Bertils Firefox and Bertils Delight.
On Sunday, Bertils Firefox was successful for the sixth time in his career after joining Kerr’s stable as an unraced maiden.
“I love the challenge it takes to win a race with a ‘reject’, that’s what I enjoy,” he said.
That challenge is more than just race day with Weasel, Kerr outlining that because he works on his own, he usually shoes the gelding over a couple of days - back shoes one day and front when he has enough energy to get back to them.
“I put music on before shoeing him, not to calm him down, to pump me up,” he said.
“Play the Rocky theme and then get out to do his shoes, he is like wrestling a crocodile.
“But that’s him, he just does what he wants to do.”
And after bringing up start number 250 at Redcliffe on Sunday night, how did Weasel travel home?
“He travels beautifully in the float after he wins, but he knows when it doesn’t go to plan because he will kick the float all the way home, Kerr said.
After his record breaking 250 on Sunday, Weasel might have been in a kicking mood after finishing second across the line.
However, he lost his position in the steward’s room - relegated to third - and Kerr also faced the wrath of the stewards, suspended for causing interference in the closing stages.
The fairytale victory for Weasel at his 250th Redcliffe start did not eventuate, but John Kerr would know more than most that life has twists and turns and the circle of life moves us all.
It seems prophetic, strangely reverent that Kerr should be the owner and trainer of the horse to break Viking Jack’s record of most race starts at Redcliffe.
Viking Jack was bred on John Kerr’s property all those years ago, when he stood the sire Son Of Viking.