TOOWOOMBA trainer Kevin Kemp continued his strong form, winning a treble of races at Ipswich last Friday.
From just four starters, Kemp picked up wins with Appropriation, Glenaroua and Stronghold.
Ellie Belle was the only horse from his stable which was unplaced.
Kevin Kemp has been a long-time supporter of racing in Ipswich, venturing down the range on many occasions with one or more gallopers as he has done for more than 35 years.
After a short-lived jockey career, Kemp has been training from his Toowoomba base since 1978. He fondly remembers his first winner being Don Fajen at Ipswich in 1978.
That was the only galloper Kemp had in his stable at that time.
Over a three-year period, Don Fajen won seven straight races to kick off its trainer's career.
Over the past decade, the Kevin Kemp stable has grown to around 20 boxes.
The best gallopers from that stable have been Startell and Tellem - both Weetwood Handicap winners.
The Kemp stable has had a treble of winners at Toowoomba in the past although Friday was the first time it has happened at Ipswich.
Kempy, as he is well known, has hit the top of the current season trainers premiership at Ipswich. He is keen to keep up his good run at one of his favourite tracks, planning to return to Ipswich as early as this Friday.
Trio of jockey doubles
THERE were three different jockeys to ride a winning double at Ipswich last Friday.
Nozi Tomizawa kicked off the day, brilliantly winning the first two races aboard Standover for Mark Webb and Appropriation for Kevin Kemp.
Apprentice rider Cassandra Schmidt won aboard the Kevin Kemp duo of Glenaroua and Stronghold.
Later in the day, Jim Byrne was successful aboard Tiger Bassie for trainer Marcus Wilson, and then on Party Spin for John Thomas.
IT was a big race day at Ipswich last Friday, both on and off the track.
On the track there were strong fields and a large nine-race card.
Off the track, there were well over 200 revellers enjoying a trackside function with either the Tansey Partners or the 36 Squadron Horsepower Club.
Tansey Partners are a local accounting firm in Ipswich and have been in business for more than 30 years.
Their function last Friday raised more than $10,000 for charity, bringing the total raised over the past five years of such functions for the Tanseys to $50,000.
With Tommy Raudonikis leading the auction in grand style, partners Liam and Martin Tansey, along with chief organiser Janet Tansey, again showed how much fun can be had trackside while raising much-needed funds for various charities.
Jewel of the Spring
ATLANTIC Jewel brought her undefeated run to nine in the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley last Saturday.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained mare was far too good to continue stamping herself as the biggest thing this Spring Racing Carnival.
There are even some starting to draw comparisons with retired champion Black Caviar as the ease of most wins for Atlantic Jewel are "Black Caviar-like".
Unlike Black Caviar who was restricted to sprinting distances, Atlantic Jewel has won at distances between 1100 metres and 2000 metres.
Atlantic Jewel's 2000 metre win was in the Group 1 Wakeful Stakes at Flemington by a margin of seven lengths. After two easy wins at Moonee Valley, the Cox Plate over 2050 metres at the Valley is the logical target. The only Group 1 race last Saturday was the Golden Rose in Sydney which was won by Zoustar, a star from the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
As the carnival gets into full swing, Group 1 racing this weekend is in two states with the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and the George Main Stakes at Randwick.