South Australia’s Kemalpasa gallop will follow a similar path to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival when it begins its campaign in Morphettville.
Richard Jolly hopes to use a successful formula to provide star sprinter Kemalpasa with the perfect launch pad for his final assault on the Melbourne Spring Carnival this weekend.
An appointment with the WH Wylie Handicap roster (1100m) in Morphettville this Saturday will provide the platform for the spring debut of Magnus, Jolly’s star son, this year.
Jolly, who trains with her daughter Chantelle, started Kemalpasa’s last two spring seasons in her home state before traveling to Melbourne with great success.
Kemalpasa raced in both the Spring Stakes (third) and Wylie Stakes (fifth) last year and then crossed the border to win Group 2 TAB Stakes two starts later, as well as Group 3 Heffernan Stakes after that.
Jolly has similar goals in mind this year but is eager for Kemalpasa to be home based first despite having to carry heavy weight at the Wylie.
Kemalpasa he will carry 5 kg more than his closest rival when he carries a maximum weight of 62 kg in the main sprint.
“It’s one of those downsides that we knew he was going to get that kind of weight,” Jolly said.
“We wanted to kick him out here and get a race under his belt and we didn’t want to take him to Melbourne to give him a first race.
“It is a formula that we have used before and it is proven, so we will take it around here on the track at his home.
“He will give them a little weight, but he is a good beginner and will not have to work much before the draw.”
Kemalpasa will jump over barrier one on his spring comeback and opened as the $ 3.50 favorite with TAB for the Wylie Handicap before moving to $ 4.20.
It was back to being the $ 3.30 favorite after several scratches.
The barn has jumped 10 days into their spring return and Jolly admits that Kemalpasa “isn’t 100 percent.”
He wants to leave a lot on the locker as he prepares for another assault in Melbourne in the coming months.
“We want to take him to Melbourne to race in a race like the Gilgai Stakes in fifteen days,” Jolly said.
“Then depending on where we think he is after that, we’ll watch the Manikato Stakes (Group 1) or the TAB Stakes again.
“He’s won the TAB Stakes for the last two years so it will depend on how much weight he gets, but there are some races for him.”
Kemalpasa was third in Group 2 of the Gilgai Stakes last year and the 2021 edition of the race is October 2 at Flemington.
Kemalpasa currently has a $ 26 shot at the Manikato, which will be held at The Valley on October 22.