7/5/2020 Kementari comeback continues in Brisbane G3
The revival of the racing career of classic-winning colt Kementari takes what is perhaps its most important turn at Doomben on Saturday when he undertakes a G1 Stradbroke Handicap examination in the G3 BRC Sprint.
Kementari (Ryan Maloney) returned to training early this year and has run two slashing races finishing third both times, firstly behind Vegadaze in the G3 Star Kingdom Stakes and then surging to the line behind Greyworm in the G3 Hall Mark Stakes.
In both races he had a Godolphin stablemate between him and the winner, the G1-winner Trekking occupying the position last time out.
For trainer James Cummings, the comeback performances of a horse who as a three-year-old won the G1 Randwick Guineas and was beaten a nose in the G1 Caulfield Guineas have been especially satisfying.
“When it became clear that he wasn’t a stallion proposition, I was asked if I wanted him back,” Cummings said.
“I didn’t hesitate." I said "you bet I do".
“He’s shown great enthusiasm and desire - I didn’t expect anything less from him.”
Kementari ended his first racing career in March, 2019 as the winner of four races, three of them in succession, and has given every indication during his return campaign that his interest in racing is undiminished.
“We’ve been able to measure his progress against his stablemates and with what he’s been doing in his training and all the messages are that he is keeping the ship on course,” Cummings said.
Kementari stands out among Godolphin’s Stakes contenders on a weekend in which restrictions have limited programs around Australia and resulted in the meeting scheduled for Gosford to be transferred to Randwick.
In the Listed Gosford Gold Cup, Cummings relies on the imports Best Of Days and Wren’s Day, while Deprive runs in the Listed Takeover Target Stakes.
Best Of Days (Josh Parr) has raced three times this preparation, indicating he was near his peak with a solid fourth to Life Less Ordinary in the G3 JRA Plate over Saturday’s course and distance.
“After drawing wide in the Doncaster second-up he bounced back well last start and he’s in a similar race here with some added fitness,” Cummings said.
Wren’s Day (Tim Clark), a runner-up to the champion Cracksman at G1-level in France, comes to the race after scoring his first local win at Canberra last start.
Deprive (James McDonald) has strong form in three runs this time in and is the winner of six of his eight Randwick starts.