Mr Marbellouz returns to Doomben tomorrow. Photo: Bev Lacey
Mr Marbellouz returns to Doomben tomorrow. Photo: Bev Lacey

Mr Marbellouz returns to racing with eyes on Weetwood

RACING: After a year on the sidelines, Kevin Kemp's sprinting star is back with a home feature in sights.

Mr Marbellouz makes his long awaited racing return tomorrow, lining up in the Open Handicap (1050m) at Doomben.

In what is the seven-year-old's first start since June last year, Kemp said he has been able to overcome setbacks while off the track.

"It's good to have him back, it's been a while now," Kemp said.

"He's had a couple of jumpouts and is going well.

"He had a bit of a virus, had a spell and then bumped his leg, but he's only spent half the time away in the paddock.

"It's a good field and is a nice race for him first-up. A bit of rain might come over which won't hurt his chances.

"We had a crack at it (Weetwood Handicap) last year and weren't successful, but we'll look to have another crack at it this year."

Mr Marbellouz will carry just 54kg after the claim from Madeleine Wishart.

In a race filled with Toowoomba visitors, including the Tony and Maddysen Sears pair of Tycoon Ace and Rock Beat and Linday Hatch's Papa Jo, a Stradbroke Handicap placegetter resumes after a let-up.

Niccanova will line up over the sprint journey as he prepares for an assault on the Sydney features.

"He's having a run to get him ready to go south. We don't want to send him first-up into a Group 1 down there," Tregea said.

"He's a horse that needs a track like Eagle Farm and Randwick. But he's been great (since the break) and has done well, so we'll see what happens.

"We'll look at those seven-furlong Group 1 races, starting with the Winx Stakes on August 22. There's no races for him in Queensland until the winter."

Kemp also has Social engaged in the Benchmark 72 Handicap (1110m).

"She's been running consistently of late," he said.

"It's a nice race for her and she's drawn well."