Godolphin trainer James Cummings has provided an update on the spring preparation of star colt Kementari. The 3YO Lonhro colt proved himself to be one of the best milers in Australia when winning the Group 1 Randwick Guineas(1600m) and finishing third behind Winx in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in the autumn. "He's filled out beautifully and looks to have matured nicely into his preparation. He's a beautiful looking horse, Cummings told Sky Racing. "We will get a little more serious with him in the next month and look to see him resume in early August."
Exciting colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) is expected to launch his spring campaign in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 4 August. The 3YO, who was last seen finishing runner-up to Kementari in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas on 10 March, will then run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) two weeks later in the hope of catching the eye of Everest slot holders. The $13 million The Everest (1200m) - the world's richest turf race - will be run at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "If he runs well in his first two runs they'll be chasing us (for a slot) and if he doesn't we'll go the another way," trainer Greg Hickman told Racing NSW. "He'll have the same preparation as when we went to the Gold Coast. Two trials and he'll be ready to go first-up." Hickman added: "I don't know how good he is and which way to go. I can do anything I want with him if I want to but it's all about making him into a stallion."
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (HTBA) held its 27th annual awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its champion thoroughbreds at Scone last night. Over 400 industry leaders, clients, supporters and VIPs attended the event, which showcases the best champion thoroughbreds and industry participants across all fields and categories. "As the second largest concentration of studs in the world, and Australia’s premier thoroughbred breeding industry, the breadth and depth of talent of our people and the success of our equine athletes is world renowned. We are very proud and privileged to recognise their achievements at tonight’s Annual Awards," said HTBA President, Dr Cameron Collins. The winners of the equine categories were:
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:
Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:
Star juvenile and 3YO colt Pariah (redoute’s Choice-Secluded, by Choisir) joins the Redoute’s Choice dynasty at Arrowfield and will stand his first season in 2018 at a fee of $22,000 inc GST, with sixty mares already committed to him by his strong shareholder group. Arrowfield chairman John Messara commented, “Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau – all by Redoute’s Choice, all outstanding 2YOs and all outstanding sires. Pariah is in the same mould and we are excited to stand him.” Bought by James Harron for $700,000 from the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale, Pariah won the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on debut at Rosehill in January 2017, defeating Menari. After finishing second in the Gr3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude Pariah started favourite in the Gr1 Blue Diamond S. where he was caught in the shadows of the post by Catchy after racing three wide without cover for much of the 1200-metre journey. Pariah was Timeform’s second top-rated 2YO colt of 2016-17, given a figure of 118, just below Invader & She Will Reign (both 119), and ahead of Gr1 winners Summer Passage, Catchy, The Mission & Trapeze Artist. Pariah returned as a Spring 3YO when he overcame an awkward draw and a weight penalty to win the Gr3 ATC San Domenico in sizzling time. He then filled second spot behind Menari in the ATC Run to the Rose H. G2 with Kementari and Invader in arrears. The three-quarter brother to dual Gr1 winner Melitoretires to stud with two wins, three placings and $541,000 prizemoney from 9 starts, all at Group level. James Harron will be heavily supporting Pariah at stud with mares that include Gr1 winner Shamal Wind and Group winners Petits Filous, Real Stolle and Scarlet Rain.
Recent Group 1-performing Kiwi-breds have provided a timely boost to several pedigree pages, along with other outstanding performances, for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock South Island Sale to be held at the Riding for the Disabled Building at the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch on 20 April. Mansfield Farm will offer a colt by Ocean Park (Lot 9) who is closely related to recent Gr1 New Zealand Oaks winner Savvy Coup (Savabeel). He is also related to Gr2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy winner Ocean Emperor (Zabeel) and multiple stakes winner Battle Hero (Stratum) who recently claimed two black-type sprint races back-to-back. Another star 3YO is Grunt (O'Reilly) has made headlines in Australia with a last start win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas. Mansfield Farm will also offer Lot 50, a colt by Road to Rock, who is from the same family as Grunt. The only filly entered in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby, Danzdanzdance (Mastercraftsman) had a stellar performance to finish third. Trained by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, she has also placed second in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas. A colt by Mettre en Jeu, consigned as Lot 77 by Long Acres Stud, is from the same winning family. Clearview Park Stud are set to offer two fillies that have also received timely pedigree updates, including Lot 83 by first season sire Ghibellines is from the same family as Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner Kementari (Lonhro). Other Lots to receive updates include relations to exciting filly Sunlight (Lots 35 & 38), and Gr1 Surround Stakes performer Shumookh (Lot 106). Click here to view all significant updates. All yearlings purchased at the 2018 South Island Sale are eligible to enter the lucrative Karaka Million Series which comprises of two $1 million races - the 2019 Karaka Million 2YO and the 2020 Karaka Million 3YO Classic, as well as the $100,000 Karaka Cup for the remainder of their career. Click here to view catalogue.
The $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile is the showpiece event on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick tomorrow. First run way back in 1866 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). Australian racing's First Lady, Gai Waterhouse, will be striving to become the most successful trainer in Doncaster history when she chases her eighth winner with Arbeitsam. Waterhouse currently shares the Doncaster record of 7 winners with her legendary father TJ Smith. Chris Waller is another trainer looking to build upon his successful Doncaster record. Exciting 3YO colt D'Argento is Waller's best chance of training a record equalling seventh Doncaster winner following the victories of Triple Honour (2008), Rangirangdoo (2010), Sacred Falls (2013 & 14), Kermadec (2015), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.80 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by D'Argento at $7.50 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $9. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 at 4:30pm.
Darley has announced its 2018 fees for the 28 stallions standing on its roster in New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand offering breeders outstanding value across a superb range of sires. "We are proud of Darley’s reputation for looking after our breeders and this is something we wish to continue to build on. We have already strongly signalled our intention to support breeders at the sales and look forward to these yearlings running in the Godolphin blue silks – and hopefully further enhancing the value of their dams," said Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia. "This support is a commitment we intend to maintain, and as you will see from this year’s fees, we are here to do business with you." Exceed And Excel once again heads the line-up and will stand at a fee of $82,500 inc GST. He added an eleventh Gr1 winner to his record late last year, when his Australian-bred son Mr Stunning took the valuable Hong Kong Sprint. Meanwhile, former champion sire Lonhro, continues to make an impact with star 3YO Kementari flying his flag high this season. In spite of a great run of form which includes the emergence of his son Pierro as a significant sire, Lonhro’s 2018 fee has been reduced to $55,000 inc GST. Newcomers to the roster this year include Lonhro's son Impending ($22,000), who became the first three-year-old in 10 years to win the Gr1 Stradbroke, and dual European Champion miler and four-time G1 winner, Ribchester ($24,750). Click here to view the full Darley roster.
Trainer James Cummings says the signs are positive that star colt Kementari can round out his 3YO season with a win in Saturday's $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Cummings says Kementari is now ready to peak after four runs this time in, which have included a maiden Gr1 success in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March and an excellent third behind Winx and Happy Clapper in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. "We'd been impressed to see the change in the horse leading into the George Ryder and after racing so well against Winx he seems to have come out of it with more energy," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's certainly looking like he's still on the rise which is perfect considering what he did at this track and distance in the Randwick Guineas two starts back." Cummings added: "We feel like we're going to see a big performance from him and for us, it's very exciting to saddle up a colt of his calibre in such a prestigious race. He gives a real sense of this being his grand final." Kementari, who will carry just 51.5kg on Saturday, is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).
Trainer Pat Webster expressed his delight after Happy Clapper drew perfectly for Saturday's Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick, but he is conscious of the weight advantage he must concede to his chief market rival Kementari. Happy Clapper, who will jump from barrier one in the $3 million feature, is considered a top contender for the major prize having finished runner-up to champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. However, under the handicap conditions of the race, the 7YO must overcome a 3kg turnaround in favour of Kementari who finished so close to him (3rd, beaten 0.75 length) in the Ryder. "We drew two last year and finished second, so from one this time we should be winning," Webster joked when speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald. "People who say barriers don't count are mad. I would take barrier one in a steeplechase. It is the fastest way home." Webster added: "I don't know how Clapper can beat him [Kementari] at the weights but the old fella doesn't know how to run a bad run over the Randwick mile." Happy Clapper will be hoping it is third time lucky having finished runner-up in the Doncaster in the past two runnings of the race. Kementari is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).
The second edition of Inglis' Chairmans Sale of Racing Prospects will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour today from 8.30pm. The sale will comprise three quality lots offered by James Harron Bloodstock following the withdrawal of the Newgate Farm-owned Assimilate. JHB's draft is headed by $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock), who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes in February. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. Click here to view the catalogue.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. First run way back in 1966 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.50 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by the untapped 3YO D'Argento at $7 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $8. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick at 4:30pm.
Stakes-performed 3YO colts Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) and Assimilate (Sebring) highlight the early entries for Inglis' The Chairman's Sale - Racing Prospects. James Harron Bloodstock has entered three horses for the April 5 auction, including $1.2 million Easter purchase and dual stakes-placed Siege Of Quebec, who has won three of his seven career starts. Siege Of Quebec's best performance was a second placing behind Group 1 winner Kementari in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes last month. Harron's other entries are three-time winning 3YO Snitzel colt Hypnotist and lightly raced metropolitan-winning 3YO Exceed And Excel colt Almighty. "The Chairman's Sale has revolutionised the selling of top-class racing prospects, for which there is huge demand both domestically and internationally, offering a wonderfully transparent system which benefits both vendors and purchasers," Harron said. Meanwhile, last start Listed Canberra Guineas winner Assimilate has been entered in the sale by Newgate Farm as agent. Assimilate has won three of his seven starts and was Gr3-placed when finishing second to Addictive Nature in the Ming Dynasty Handicap last spring. He also showed his quality when fifth to Trapeze Artist in last year's Gr1 Golden Rose. Newgate's Henry Field described Assimilate as "an extremely talented colt" with "a massive amount of upside." Entries for The Chairman's Sale Racing Prospects close tomorrow, Thursday 29 March at 10am. The sale will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 5 April from 8.30pm.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his 6YO champion daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) broke the world record for the most number of Group 1 wins with her 24th consecutive victory in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & Kementari. Not only did Winx become the first horse in history to win three George Ryder's, but she also claimed the outright world record for the most number of Group 1 wins, with her 17th Group 1 title surpassing the previous benchmark set by US champion John Henry in 1984. The win advanced Winx's astonishing record to 28 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – three times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - twice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – three times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 34 starts for $16,563,925 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller commented: "It's pretty special, I try not to get too caught up in it," said Waller, "I like everybody else who is a racing or sporting tragic have to be pretty proud of her today." Winx's regular rider Hugh Bowman said: "I could feel the crowd erupt as we went to the front at the 200 metres. What a special, special horse she is and I'm just so grateful to be her jockey." Bowman added: "Each horse is an individual but this horse has captivated the attention of the world." Winx is set to make her next appearance in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on day two of The Championships (14 April). Connections will also decide in the coming days whether or not to embark on an overseas campaign aimed at Royal Ascot in June.
Connections are expecting an improved performance from Age Of Fire when the talented Kiwi colt steps up in distance in Saturday's Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) in Sydney, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham in January, Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock-Dragon's Tail, by Galileo) made his Australian debut when 11th (beaten 5.9 lengths) behind star colt Kementari in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March. "I thought he was okay. He drew awkwardly, and he's got another one [barrier 15] on Saturday, and had to go back in a quick race," said Jamie Richards, who trains in partnership with Stephen Autridge. "His work since has been very good and the 2000 metres is what he's looking for now. He's been out to the beach a couple of times and he's enjoyed that." Age Of Fire's primary target is the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on 7 April.
Ace High is primed to return to the winner's circle in Saturday's $600,000 Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), according to his trainer David Payne. A last-start fourth behind Kementari in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) has proven that he is a dominant 3YO over a mile-and-a-quarter and beyond, winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) last spring. "We are happy. He has had a nice prep and is peaking at the right time," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "Barrier 11 won’t be a concern and the track is going to be wet, so he might be better off out wide. The wet shouldn’t worry him being by High Chaparral and he has form on soft tracks but over unsuitable distances. It was a good run in the Randwick Guineas and he was attacking the line." Payne added: "He had an 1800 metres gallop on Tuesday so he is spot on for Saturday."
Racing NSW has announced the following re-handicaps for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile:
The following horses are exempt from ballot in the Doncaster Mile:
Superstar mare Winx headlines a field of eleven horses nominated for Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. The George Ryder is shaping as an intriguing race with the likes of star colt Kementari, dual Gr1 winner Happy Clapper, and Winx's highly promising younger stable-mate D'Argento set to contest the $1 million weight-for-age feature. The Chris Waller-trained Winx surpassed Black Caviar in setting a new Australian record of 16 Group 1 victories when she opened her autumn campaign with an effortless 7 length win in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick two weeks ago. She will be chasing her 24th consecutive victory in the George Ryder, after which connections will decide whether or not to embark on an international campaign aimed at Royal Ascot. Click here to view Rosehill nominations.
Trainer John Sargent is confident Luvaluva's class will carry her a long way in Friday's Gr3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) for 3YO fillies. Luvavlua (Mastercraftsman-Wansesingyee, by Galileo), who showed she was among the better staying fillies in the country when winning the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and placing fourth in the Gr1 VRC Oaks in the spring, resumed with a slashing sixth behind boom colt Kementari in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on 24 February. Her primary autumn target is the Gr1 Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on 14 April. "She is definitely bigger and stronger now and she will come into her own once the races get longer," Sargent told racingnsw.com.au. "She has to carry a penalty on Friday from her Wakeful Stakes win but she has definitely earned it. She will get back over the mile and find the line and will appreciate the big track." Sargent added: "This is the perfect stepping stone to her Group 1 targets in the Vinery Stakes and Australian Oaks and I'm confident she will prove to be right up there with the best fillies I have trained by the end of the autumn." Sargent has a huge opinion of Luvaluva, describing her as potentially the female he has ever trained. That is some statement, with the ex-pat Kiwi having guided the careers of VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa, Australian Oaks winner Gust Of Wind, Queensland Oaks winner Quintessential, and VRC Oaks runner-up Thunder Lady. "Luvaluva is showing the signs of being up there with all of them and might even be better than them but we will find that out in her next couple of runs," he said.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) confirmed himself as one of the rising stars of Australian racing with a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Pierata & Trapeze Artist. Trainer James Cummings was in awe of Kementari's dominant victory. "He is a serious horse," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's put them away in the style of a really high class colt. On that performance, he has to be one of the best in the country." He added: "This is the sort of horse that Sheikh Mohammed is in racing for." Cummings would not be drawn on whether Kementari would now head to next month's Gr1 Doncaster Mile where he will carry just 51kg. "We make no decisions on race day," he said. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari advanced his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes & Gr3 ATC Eskimo Prince Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 9 starts for $1,368,250 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a stakes success to his dizzyingly successful record when 5YO mare Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt-Negotiate, by Red Ransom) took out the $120,000 Listed Bob Hoysted Stakes(1000m) defeating I'm Wesley & Crystal Dreamer. Secret Agenda took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Gucci Stakes, Gr3 How Now Stakes, Gr2 Sapphire Stakes and Gr1 Ubet Classic) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 Champagne Stakes, Gr3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes & Gr2 Sapphire Stakes) for $1,369,400 in earnings. Secret Agenda was a $120,000 yearling purchase from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Secret Agenda is a half-sister to Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude place-getter Sweetener and her second dam is the outstanding Gr1 Champagne Stakes winning filly Euphoria. It’s a pedigree page that includes boom Godolphin colt Kementari.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, what is likely to prove one of the form races of the season for 3YOs could equally turn out to have posed more questions than answers. Over the 1400m journey, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) made it back-to-back stakes wins in saluting by a length for trainer James Cummings in the $400,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes for 3YO colts & geldings. Not content to ride for luck, jockey Glyn Schofield pinged favourite Kementari from his wide barrier to sit just off Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist before wresting control soon after entering the straight. A significant plunge on recent Magic Millions 3YO Guineas hero Pierata after he had left the mounting yard was close to the money with the rising star 3YO colt closing strongly to finish just ahead of equally impressive hitherto unbeaten colt D'Argento. Godolphin's assistant trainer Darren Beadman was hugely impressed with the run, enthusing, "To run past a horse like Trapeze Artist, who has the runs on the board, was very impressive. This was a test for him (Kementari) today and he has put them away nicely. We have seen a star in the making." Kementari's win took his record to 3 wins (including last start's Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes) & 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas & Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) from 8 starts for $781,250 earnings. The result sets up a hugely intriguing Gr1 Randwick Guineas in less than two weeks. Bookies have priced Kementari $3 favourite for the Sydney 3YO mile feature ahead of D'Argento ($4.20) and Pierata ($6.00). Fifth-placed dual Gr1 winner Ace High ran a bottler and will be much better suited over the mile for which he is at $15. Looking ahead to Kementari's Randwick Guineas engagement, Beadman was emphatic: "This colt has a mile written all over him. He is very brilliant but is a clean-winded horse and that will assist him in getting a strong 1600m."
Trainer Greg Hickman is quietly confident that rising star colt Pierata (Pierro-November Flight, by Flying Spur) will acquit himself well in tomorrow's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill. Pierata - who has built an imposing record of 4 wins from 8 starts including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate at Doomben and Listed (R) Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast - faces the biggest challenge of his career in the $400,000 3YO feature. The son of Pierro will be up against a high-class line-up that includes Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, VRC Derby & Spring Champion Stakes winner Ace High, Kementari, and boom colt D'Argento. "My jockey [Corey Brown] loves my horse and he's done well through the week," Hickman told racingnsw.com.au. "If he comes out and beats them all it'll be happy days. You don't get many horses that have had eight starts and won nearly $2 million and if worse comes to worse we can go back to the Gold Coast next year." Hickman added: "He's just improved every time he's gone around. He's done everything right and whatever happens, happens." Hickman says Pierata has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained. That's high praise indeed when you consider he has prepared horses such as Gr2 winners Sportsman, Sir Dex, and the enigmatic but richly talented Private Secretary. "This bloke has been unassuming. Yes he's done everything right but he's not doing anything different to the other horses," he said. "The only thing with this bloke is there's nothing wrong with him. If he stays sound that's why he'll end up being better. I'm just happy to be racing in Group races again, having some nice horses around."
Highly regarded colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) will be out to test his Guineas credentials when he contests the $400,000 Gr2 ATC Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Kementari turned in one of the most eye-catching performances by a 3YO this season when resuming with a dashing win in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on 10 February. The dynamic nature of the win prompted Godolphin trainer James Cummings to label the son of Lonhro "world class" and showed why the royal blue army consider him a leading contender for the $1 million Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) in Sydney on 10 March. "He was well-treated under the conditions of his last race. Now he has to step up again at level weights against some very good three-year-olds in the Hobartville," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "This is all about who's the best." Cummings added: "His first-up win spoke for itself...he was able to take his first-up run very well and he's held his form nicely. He's made me eager to get him back to the races." Chief among Kementari's rivals on Saturday are Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Pierata, Gr1 Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist, and Chris Waller's exciting unbeaten colt D'Argento.
Godolphin head trainer James Cummings has provided some important feedback for racing fans and punters alike as the racing season builds towards major events in both Sydney and Melbourne. Cummings made the decision to take Hartnell back to Osborne Park after his slashing Gr1 CF Orr Stakes win, noting, "He's a horse who loves to be turned out after his training, and we get the opportunity to do that up here. That gives me every chance to get him big and round and bouncing around before his next start. We've got plenty of options on the table and we haven't locked in anything yet because we need to see how he recovers from that big, first-up performance." Meanwhile, Cummings is brimming with confidence after the first-up pummeling Kementari gave his rivals in the Eskimo Prince Stakes, revealing that the boom son of Lonhro will have another run before being set for the Gr1 Randwick Guineas early in March.
At Warwick Farm in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice) posted a well-deserved maiden stakes victory with a dominant win in the $150,000 Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Siege Of Quebec & Brave Song. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Kementari improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas) from 7 starts for $551,650 in earnings. Kementari is out of the Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna making him a half-brother to the very talented Listed Lonhro Plate winner & Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion. Yavanna, herself, is a daughter of dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen and is a direct descendant of VRC & Queensland Oaks winner and celebrated blue hen Denise's Joy. This is one of the most sought-after families in the Australian Stud Book and includes the likes of 8-time Gr1 winner More Joyous, Australian Oaks winner Sunday Joy, 4-time Gr1 winner Tuesday Joy, deceased Gr1-winning stallion Thorn Park, and Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Fenway, among many others.
At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO chestnut colt Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt-Bullion Mansion, by Encosta de Lago) scored a shock win at odds of 100-1 in the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating Kementari & Catchy. Mighty Boss, whose second dam is the Gr1 Australasian Oaks winner La Volta, improved his record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for $1,239,750 in earnings. Racing in the familiar colours of Mr Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets, Mighty Boss was purchased by his trainer and co-owner Mick Price for $180,000 at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud. Price was counting his lucky stars that Mighty Boss – who was the first emergency – even gained a start in the stallion-making feature. "I really liked this bloke as a yearling and I asked My Yaseen if I could keep ten percent," Price told racing.com. "Ever since he won his Sale maiden, we wanted to point him in this direction and see if we could get a run." Price added: "We crossed our fingers and a little bit of magic got us in the field." Price said Mighty Boss would now be spelled and aimed at the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs to be run at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne this Saturday. The stallion-making feature - which boasts top stallions on its honour roll such as All Too Hard (2012), Starspangledbanner (2009), Lonhro (2001), Redoute's Choice (1999), and Luskin Star (1977) - has attracted a capacity field of 16 horses with the Mick Price-trained Mighty Boss the lone emergency. Current race favourite Royal Symphony has drawn midfield in barrier 9, while others to draw a good gate include the only filly entered in the race, Catchy, in barrier 3, Levendi (7), Salsamor (8), Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Perast (2), Gold Standard (6), and Showtime (1). In a competitive market, Royal Symphony is the most popular runner at $4 with TAB, ahead of Catchy at $5, Kementari ($5.50), and Perast next best at $10. Click below to view the Caulfield Guineas field.
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added Group race success when 3YO bay colt Perast (Snitzel-Thousand Veils, by Zabeel) put up an excellent Caulfield Guineas trial when scoring a determined front-running win in the $175,000 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings, defeating Summer Passage & Kementari. This was the first stakes victory for Perast who improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Run To The Rose) from 8 starts for $181,000. Purchased by his trainer Paul Perry for $100,000 at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Perast is out of the Listed SAJC St Leger (2400m) winning mare Thousand Veils (Zabeel) and hails from the successful US family of 4-time Gr1 winner Versailles Treaty and dual Gr1 winner General Assembly. Given his stamina laden pedigree, Perry said he expects Perast to improve even more when he steps up to a mile in the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on 14 October. "He's a nice colt," Perry told racing.com. "He did well to hang on because they went hard in that race." He added: "I think the mile will suit him much better than today. The way he's bred, he's out of a Zabeel mare so I can only see him improving."
Despite having drawn the outside barrier of the 11 runners in tomorrow's Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, favourite Menari has continued to tighten in markets over the past 48 hours, coming in from $2.80 to $2.40. Pariah is solid at $3.20, ahead of Kementari who has been nibbled at to close up to $4.60. The Godolphin-trained runner will have a red-hot Kerrin McEvoy in the irons from barrier 7, while Josh Parr is going to have to find a way to slot Menari in with cover somewhere, without leaving him with too much to do in the straight.
Godolphin head trainer James Cummings is heading into Saturday's Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) with the foresight that whatever the stable's well-regarded colt Kementari does against race fit opposition, he will be an even better horse over the 1400m of the Gr1 Golden Rose. "He's trialled up nicely and he's had a very solid grounding for his first up run," revealed Cummings, also acknowledging, "He's going into the race with a reputation built mainly on potential. It's now time for us to find out what he's made of." Pariah (barrier 3) and Menari (barrier 11) are the top two picks ahead of Kementari (barrier 7), and Cummings observed, "If he's in the mix against these horses first-up, then I'd say he's going to improve sharply over 1400 metres second-up. But he still has the speed to be with them on Saturday… He oozes quality and there's certainly something left in the tank for the future."