Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Typhoon Red Storms Home to Weetwood Victory

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Typhoon Red Storms Home to Weetwood Victory

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TOOWOOMBA five-year-old Typhoon Red completed a spectacular coup for trainer Kevin Kemp when he charged to a home-town victory in Saturday's $150,000 Mainz Developments Weetwood Handicap (1200m).

Typhoon Red ($10) delivered Kemp his fourth win in the Listed Clifford Park feature and jockey Nozi Tomizawa his first after leading in a stable quinella.

Tomizawa bounced back from a home-turn fall from Spinada in race one to steer Typhoon Red to a head victory over stablemate and $4.40 race favourite Kempelly.

Kempelly was given the run of the race by jockey Patrick Holmes and looked to have the Weetwood in his keeping after racing to a clear lead at the 200-metre mark.

But Tomizawa's race plan worked to perfection as he peeled off the back of Kempelly in the home straight to overpower him in the closing stages.

Top weight Steel Zip ($9) ran a gallant race to finish a neck back third after finishing strongly along the inside rail.

G'day Old Mate ($7) proved one of the Weetwood hard-luck stories when he flashed home into fourth place after being in last place approaching the home-turn.

Sentimental race favourite Miss Imagica was never a winning possibility in her bid for a third successive Weetwood victory before finishing near the tail.

Typhoon Red loomed into Weetwood contention only three weeks ago when a he scored a vital Brisbane victory over 1500 metres to clinch a Weetwood start.

Kemp then faced the challenge of preparing Typhoon Red for the 1200 metres of the Weetwood after it was reduced by Racing Queensland in distance from 1300 metres last month.

"I knew they'd both race well tonight, but I really thought Typhoon Red was the one to beat," Kemp said.

"Kempelly only really came into contention over the last couple of weeks, and next year might be his time. …

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