20/11/2020 Kementari returns to the mile in G1 Railway Stakes in Perth
A career that has followed various twists and turns and included some spectacular triumphs comes the full circle for Kementari on Saturday when he runs in the G1 Railway Stakes at Ascot, in Perth.
A member of the top echelon as a three-year-old when he completed a Stakes treble in the G1 Randwick Guineas after being narrowly beaten the previous spring in G1 Caulfield Guineas, both at 1,600m, Kementari went on to show great versatility in some of the best sprint races on the calendar.
Before his crowning Guineas success, he’d won over sprint courses in the G3 Eskimo Prince Stakes and G2 Hobartville Stakes and later filled placings at G1 in a Memsie Stakes, an Orr Stakes and a Manikato Stakes.
“His 1,600m form might now be looking superior to his form over shorter trips,” said his trainer James Cummings.
“It’s two years since he ran over a mile but there’s a lot to like about him in this race.”
“The question remains: is he in the form to win it? I think he is.”
“He’s shaping up well and physically he’s come to a peak for a race that we’ve targeted.”
“He’s responded so beautifully to the Perth weather that he hasn’t looked better since he was a bull.”
Cummings has a team of three entered for Saturday’s other feature, the $1m The Gong at Kembla Grange with Cascadian and Best Of Days returning from Melbourne for the race, along with Asiago.
Much had been hoped for Cascadian this spring and he came within a stride of fulfilling expectations when a close second in the G1 Cantala Stakes at Flemington.
“His performance at Flemington was enormous and he’s thrived in every way since returning to Sydney,” Cummings said.
“Best Of Days put in an indifferent run in the Cantala but consideration should still be given to how well he ran first-up in Melbourne.”
“There was lots of confidence behind him second-up and he still commands respect.”
Asiago finished a fine third in a similar race at Newcastle last week and has come through the race in good style.
“She’s brimming with good health and confidence after storming home once she got clear air at Newcastle,” Cummings said.
“She’s two-from-two at the track and she’s proven at the trip.”