Kevin Kemp got an extra little kick out of Dreamtimer’s narrow Eagle Farm win on Saturday with stable apprentice Madeleine Wishart building on the momentum of her first Listed success a week earlier.
Madeleine Wishart spent almost five months out of the saddle after suffering shoulder, elbow and knee injuries when falling from the Kevin Kemp trained Alert And Ready at Toowoomba last September.
Dreamtimer was her first winner back from that injury layoff when he won a Doomben midweek event in February.
There was further drama for Wishart a couple of weeks later when Flash Aah bucked coming out of the gates, dislodging her and meaning she couldn’t take the ride on Dreamtimer on the same day.
Funnily enough, both horses have now won at their next starts.
Flash Aah scored a big upset with Wishart in the saddle winning last week’s Listed ATC Cup at the Gold Coast and now she has landed Dreamtimer a winner again.
Wishart said she had no hesitation in getting back aboard Flash Aah last week, despite the bucking exhibition.
“I figured it was unlikely he would do it again, so it didn’t worry me and we were able to win the Listed race,” she said.
Kemp has been Wishart’s master for the most recent part of her career, supplying her with 31 winners since June last year.
He’s an unabashed fan of Wishart as a person and rider, telling her “you’re a champion of the world” after she returned to scale.
“She’s had those little injury problems, but she’s over that now. She’s still got the 3kg claim (in the city) and she can ride really well,” he said.
Earlier, Stuart Kendrick unveiled a couple of potential winter carnival candidates when I’ve Bean There and Kenny Boy ran first and third in the 1400m two-year-old event.
Kendrick is keen to try both of them in better company when the carnival rolls around in just over a month.
Joymaker continued her consistent recent form when running out an easy winner of the Benchmark 80 Handicap (2206m).
Kelly Schweida said the turning point for the five-year-old mare has been stepping up in distance, particularly at Eagle Farm.