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).
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding More Energy (Fastnet Rock-Perfect Promise, by Caesour) got up in the last stride for trainer Jason Coyle to just tip out long-time leader Supply and Demand in the $125,000 Parramatta Cup (1900m). Coming from last at the 400m mark, Liapari flashed home but was still a head adrift when the line came. Initially sold as a yearling for $150,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Toolooganvale Farm, More Energy subsequently brought $240,000 at the Magic Millions 2YO Horses In Training Sale when offered by Think Big Stud. Placed in Brisbane's Gr3 Tattersalls Cup last Winter Carnival, More Energy now has 6 wins & 8 placings from 36 starts for $290,675 earnings.
At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, Eureka Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Red Dazzler (Red Ransom-Vain Hill, by Danehill) added a Group success when 6YO bay gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express) joined the millionaires club when scoring a well-deserved win in the $200,000 Gr3 Tattersall's Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating More Energy & War Baby. Rudy improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Villiers Stakes, Listed Tattersall's Recognition Stakes & BRC Members' Handicap) and 13 placings (including the Gr1 Doomben Cup, Gr2 PJ O'Shea Stakes, Gr3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes & Gr3 BRC Gunsynd Classic) from 49 starts for $1,018,825 in earnings. Rudy's victory under his big weight of 59.5 kilograms places him among some of the all-time greats with only three horses carrying more weight since WWII, reports Racing Queensland Webnews. Trainer Helen Page said Rudy will now be spelled before targeting the Sydney and Melbourne spring carnivals.
Magic Millions graduates had a day out around Australia on Saturday with a swag of impressive winners led by an unprecedented clean sweep of all eight races at Doomben in Brisbane. In Sydney exciting young galloper Sebring Sun emerged as one of the brightest prospects in the Harbour City with a strong closing win in the listed Rosebud. Prepared by Gary Portelli, the son of former high class Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate Sebring accelerated brilliantly when asked by Brenton Avdulla to scored in great style. Sebring Sun was purchased by connections for $100,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Edinglassie Stud draft. Further north in Brisbane graduates of the Gold Coast sales ring dominated the meeting - winning all eight races and providing many quinella and trifecta results. Bentles kick started the sweep by winning the first for Tony Gollan and Tegan Harrison - that duo scored a double later in the afternoon when Most Important won stylishly. Grenache, Rosenet, Architect, More Energy and proven stakes winners Steel Zip and Le Val capped the perfect eight for eight result for gallopers sold at the famous Bundall sales ground. Other impressive interstate city winners sold by Magic Millions on Saturday included Refulgent, Echo Gal, Boldacious Girl, Back on Target, Bourne Supremacy, Oakhurst Flyer and the unbeaten Hot Goods.
A throat infection couldn't keep trainer Henry Cecil's spirits down when he watched his champion Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) during an exhibition gallop at Newmarket on Saturday. The Guardian reported that Cecil referred to his ongoing cancer treatment, saying he was doing fine and told the crowd "He (Frankel) has had a good blow, which is what we wanted as this is not D-day". Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "It was a bit more than a usual workout as we wanted to press him a bit more and use more energy and strength. Frankel never disappoints. He is no pussycat and he likes to be the boss. He is a big, robust and domineering horse."