KEMENTARI (AUS)(Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute's Choice)
Darley, NSW. Fee: $33,000

Kementari Overview

Racing fans fell for Lonhro because of his longevity on the track, his will to win, and the way he picked himself up in the Australian Cup to win from an impossible position.

His son, Kementari, has many of the same attributes. Winner of the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, Kementari was also a further five times Gr1-placed and twice Gr1 fourth.

His big heart reflects his sire’s big heart and he took on all the best sprinter-milers that Australia had to offer during his racing career. A winner over 1400m as a 2YO, Kementari really found himself at three, with three wins from nine starts, including that Gr1 Randwick Guineas win and placings in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, as well as a win in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes and the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes.

At four, Kementari was thrown against all comers, and just missed another Gr1 when second to Humidor in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, and second to Manuel in the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes. He also ran third in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes and fourth in both the Gr1 Winx Stakes and Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes.

At the time Lonhro won Horse of the Year, he was the only Horse of the Year sired by a Horse of the Year (Octagonal), and he’s taken the opportunities granted to him at stud to rise to Champion Australian sire in 2010-11. With 83 stakes-winners including many Gr1 winners, Lonhro is now emerging as a sire of sires thanks to Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Pierro.

Blessed with paralysing acceleration, Kementari is out of a strong colonial family. His dam Yavanna (Redoute’s Choice) won twice over 1300m, and has also left juvenile stakes winner Telperion (Street Cry) from only five named foals to date. Kementari’s second dam is the Gr3 winner Wild Queen, who showed her soundness in a ten win racing career. This is the family of Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes winner Sterling City, and stakes-winners So Gorgeous, Tipungwuti, and Cumbria.

Redoute’s Choice already has clocked up 91 stakes-winners as a damsire, including Zoustar, Ace High, Levendi, Sacred Falls, and The Mission. The wide range of sires that have worked with both Redoute’s Choice and Lonhro give the impression that Kementari will also work with a wide variety of broodmare sires.

Kementari will stand at Darley, NSW, for $33,000 including GST.

Kementari Pedigree

LONHRO (AUS)
br. 1998
OCTAGONAL (NZ)
br. 1992
ZABEEL
b. 1986
SIR TRISTRAM
LADY GISELLE
EIGHT CARAT
blk. 1975
PIECES OF EIGHT
KLAIRESSA
SHADEA (NZ)
br. 1988
STRAIGHT STRIKE
b. 1977
MR. PROSPECTOR
BEND NOT
CONCIA
b. 1978
FIRST CONSUL
MY TRICIA
YAVANNA (AUS)
b. 2007
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
b. 1996
DANEHILL
b. 1986
DANZIG
RAZYANA
SHANTHAS CHOICE
b. 1992
CANNY LAD
DANCING SHOW
WILD QUEEN (AUS)
b. 2000
LOUP SAUVAGE
ch. 1994
RIVERMAN
LOUVETERIE
CROWNING JEWEL
b. 1987
BLETCHINGLY
JEWEL IN THE CROWN
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Kementari BR News

  • Vegadaze Wins Gr3 Star Kingdom

    Mon, 30 Mar 2020

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    • Track: Rosehill
    • Race: $160,000 Gr3 Star Kingdom (1200m)
    • Winner: 4YO gelding Vegadaze (Lope De Vega-Rainy Daze, by Commands)
    • Placings: 5YO mare Manicure & 5YO gelding Kementari
    • Winning Sire: Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori)
    • Stud Farm: N/A
    • Trainer: Anthony Cummings
    • Jockey: Tom Marquand
    • Race record: 5 wins and 2 placings from 11 starts for $418,850 in earnings
    • Sales Info: N/A
  • The Big K is Back On Track This Saturday

    Thu, 19 Mar 2020

    Although Saturday's bumper Group One card at Rosehill Gardens may well take a little getting used to given the lack of owners and crowds, it's inevitably going to be one of the best race days of the year. Adding to what would normally be a thrilling meeting under any circumstances is the race return of Godolphin's Kementari. Off the scene for the best part of a year, during which time fertility problems on debut at stud saw him gelded, the almost black son of Lonhro is among a full field of 14 runners to face the starter in the Gr1 The Galaxy (1100m). He will be joined by stable mates Savatiano, Deprive and Soothing. Last seen at the trials on 12 March where he just pipped Super Seth at Randwick over 1045m, Kementari won the Gr1 Randwick Guineas as a 3YO, and also boasts Gr1 placings in the Caulfield Guineas, Memsie Stakes, C.F.Orr Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and Manikato Stakes. He's a genuine excitement machine at his best, blessed with an electrifying turn of foot, and his return will be warmly welcomed by most racing fans. On Wednesday evening he was an $11 chance behind race favourite Pierata.

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    Kementari has been gelded (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Super Seth's Autumn is Back on Track

    Fri, 13 Mar 2020

    The autumn campaign of star colt Super Seth is back on track. The Anthony Freedman-trained colt’s preparation hit a stumbling block last week when he was withdrawn from the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) with an elevated temperature. However, the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner recovered quickly and pleased his connections with his 1045m trial at Randwick on Thursday where he was beaten narrowly by Gr1 winner Kementari. “Super Seth was beaten a nose, but he trialled really well,” Freedman’s Racing Manager Brad Taylor told NZ Racing Desk. “Mark Zahra (jockey) went and rode him this morning and he was rapt with the way he trialled. Everything is positive going forward. He would have been very hard to beat last Saturday, but he just had an elevated temperature, which was fine the next morning, it just needed to be treated.” The son of Dundeel is now on a collision course with dual Gr1 winner Te Akau Shark when he contests next week’s Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. “He will now go to the George Ryder next Saturday and take on the older horses,” Taylor said. “He will have to take on Te Akau Shark who was very impressive the other day, but Super Seth is very exciting and if he can add a Gr1 weight-for-age to his CV then he is going to be worth an awful lot more money than he already is.” Super Seth is part-owned by a group of New Zealand interests, including Waikato Stud, where he is earmarked to stand upon his raceday retirement.

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    Super Seth trialled well (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Chairman's Sale Confirmed for In Her Time

    Mon, 9 Mar 2020

    Multiple G1-winning mare In Her Time is the latest headline act confirmed for the 2020 Inglis Chairman’s Sale to be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of 8 May. Owned by Orbis Bloodstock and Peter Brown, In Her Time has proven herself one of the best sprinting mares in Australia in recent seasons. In a remarkable sign of her consistency, she has either won or placed in a Gr1 race every autumn or spring carnival since mid-2017. In Her Time has won two Gr1 races – the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning and 2018’s The Galaxy – and has been placed a further six times at G1 level (Stradbroke Hcp, TJ Smith Stakes, Manikato Stakes, Tatts Tiara, and twice in the VRC Sprint Classic); she has also won another four Stakes races. During an illustrious racetrack career In Her Time has beaten the best sprinters in the land including the likes of Santa Ana Lane, Pierata, Redzel, Trapeze Artist, Brave Smash, Alizee, Sunlight, Kementari, Shoals, Global Glamour, English, Booker, Redkirk Warrior, Houtzen, Osborne Bulls and Written By among others. She showed she was in for another big campaign with a strong trial performance at Wyong on Monday and will likely resume in the Gr1 The Galaxy at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day, 21 March. The Chairman’s Sale, to be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of Friday May 8, will again be conducted under a 0% sales commission structure. Entries for the 2020 Chairman’s Sale and the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale are closing soon.

  • Darley and ATC Extend Princess Series Partnership

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019

    The Australian Turf Club has announced a three year extension to the Darley Princess Series, reports thoroughbrednews.com.au. Darley has secured naming rights to each of the four legs of the series to be run in September and October, starting this Saturday at Royal Randwick, with the winning breeder of each of the four races receiving a free 2019 or 2020 nomination to a Darley stallion. In addition, the overall winning filly of the series will also earn a free nomination to a stallion of their choice on the Darley roster in the year she retires from racing. “It is incredibly exciting to be continuing our partnership with the Australian Turf Club for a further three years,” said Managing Director of Godolphin in Australia Vin Cox. “This reiterates our commitment to breeders, owners and the thoroughbred industry. The Darley Princess Series at Royal Randwick celebrates the best three-year-old speed fillies in the land and we are proud to offer their owners and breeders with additional rewards. Our partnership with the ATC through the Princess Series has helped us attract the best broodmares in the country to our world-class stallion roster.” The four Darley Princess Series races (with bonus stallion nominations) are:

    • Gr2 $200,000 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes over 1200m on Saturday 24 August. Nomination to Harry Angel (Dark Angel-Beatrix Potter, by Cadeaux Genereux)
    • Gr2 $200,000 Darley Furious Stakes over 1200m on Saturday 7 September. Nomination to Ribchester (Iffraaj-Mujarah, by Marju)
    • Gr2 $200,000 Darley Tea Rose Stakes over 1400m on Saturday 21 September. Nomination to Impending (Lonhro-Mnemosyne, by Encosta de Lago)
    • Gr1 $500,000 Darley Flight Stakes over 1600m on Saturday 5 October. Nomination to Kementari (Lonhro-Yavanna, by Redoute’s Choice)
  • Gr1 Winner Mighty Boss Dead

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019

    Trainer Mick Price has confirmed the death of Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss via twitter. The well-bred son of Arrowfield stallion Not A Single doubt died after contracting colic. A beautiful chestnut with a distinctive white blaze, he was ignored as a realistic chance in the 2017 renewal of the Guineas, but scored a major upset with his defeat of fellow Gr1 winners Kementari and Catchy. Last seen in the Listed CS Hayes (1600m) at Morphettville in March, Mighty Boss was purchased by Price for $180,000 from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sales Series. A half-brother to stakes-placed Shiralee, Mighty Boss’ Encosta de Lago dam is out of Gr1 Australian Oaks winner La Volta. Another of her daughters, Polska, is dam of Gr2-winning Sebring siblings Catch A Fire and Seaburge, the latter also runner-up in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas and Gr1 Emirates Stakes.

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    Mighty Boss won the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Rich Hill Has Ace In The Pack

    Thu, 20 Jun 2019

    High Chaparral’s dual Gr1-winning son Ace High has been retired to Rich Hill Stud, near Matamata, where he will stand for a fee of $10,000+GST for the forthcoming breeding season. It was through (bloodstock agent) Louis Le Metayer that Thompson was alerted to the potential availability of Ace High for stud duties. Trained by David Payne, Ace High was a winner at two and dominated as a spring 3YO, winning the Gr3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) before successive Gr1 victories in the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and VRC Derby (2500m). As an autumn sophomore he was a close-up fourth in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) behind Kementari, Pierata and Trapeze Artist, and was a nose second to Levendi in the Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m). In a season thwarted by rain-affected tracks, Ace High won the Gr2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at four, defeating Gr1 winners It’s Somewhat and Egg Tart and was beaten 1.6-lengths in the Gr1 Australian Cup (2000m). He retires the winner of five races and A$2.3 million in prizemoney. Ace High’s owner John Cordina will be retaining an interest in Rich Hill’s new sire recruit and supporting him with some quality mares. “He is a son of High Chaparral and there aren’t going to be any more. He could possibly be the last Gr1-winning son of High Chaparral to go to stud anywhere in the world,” Rich Hill Stud’s Managing Director John Thompson said. “If you look at Ace High’s tabulated pedigree, it just doesn’t come any better,” Thompson said. “He is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare who in turn is out of a Sunday Silence mare. His fifth dam is a full-sister to the dam of Danehill and his sixth dam is Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer.”

  • First Start For Well-bred Our Chevalier

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019

    Tuesday’s Medical Edge 2YO Maiden Plate (1200m) at Sportsbet-Ballarat Synthetic sees the debut of the well-related 2YO Redoute’s Choice colt Our Chevalier for Robbie Griffiths Racing. Having performed satisfactorily in two recent trials, the unraced colt is one of nine final acceptances in the race and will jump from barrier eight with jockey Matthew Allen in the saddle. Purchased from the draft of Sun Stud at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast for $150,000 by his trainer and agent Peter Ford Thoroughbreds, Our Chevalier is out of the stakes-placed Hussonet mare Happy Hussy, herself a half-sister to the Gr3 placed Prix du Sang (Red Ransom) from the family of Gr1 Golden Shaheen winner Sterling City (Nadeem) as well as Godolphin’s Gr1 Randwick Guineas winner Kementari (Lonhro), who will stand alongside his sire at Darley’s Kelvinside property this season. Our Chevalier is one of only two unraced runners in the field, the other being the Lindsay Park Racing-trained La Magnat, a daughter of Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon, who will be ridden by apprentice Lewis German.

  • Kementari's Half-Sister Set For First Start

    Tue, 21 May 2019

    Wednesday’s Canterbury Park meeting sees the debut of Godolphin’s Palurien, a Reset half-sister to Darley’s freshman sire Kementari, the Gr1 Randwick Guineas-winning son of Lonhro, as well as to the Listed-winning, Gr1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes runner-up Telperion (Street Cry). All are out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Yavanna, herself a daughter of the dual Gr3 winner Wild Queen (Loup Savage) from the family of Champion Older Sprinter and Gr1 winner Sterling City. Having barrier trialled on two occasions, Palurien most recently finished behind Travanti and North over 1050m at Royal Randwick with both having since raced, highlighted by Snowden Racing’s North winning by just under a length at Wyong. One of 12 acceptances for the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1250m), the James Cummings-trained filly will be partnered by Glyn Schofield with the pair set to jump away from barrier 4.

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    Exciting first season sire Kementari (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Gr1 Flight S. Runner-Up Added To Chairman's Sale

    Fri, 29 Mar 2019

    Beautifully-bred Gr1-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Sensibility, in foal to I Am Invincible, is among the first confirmed Wildcard entries to The Chairman’s Sale. Her career best performance came as a 3YO in the Gr1 Flight Stakes at Randwick (pictured) where, at just her third start, she finished runner-up behind four-time Gr1 winner Guelph, with classy pair Bound For Earth and Arabian Gold in arrears. A daughter of Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice (broodmare sire of the likes of Zoustar, Kementari, Sacred Falls and Arcadia Queen among 13 individual Gr1 winners), Sensibility is a three-quarter sister to top class 2YO Running Tall and hails from the family of international stars Frosted and Midshipman. Sensibility’s first two foals (a Sebring colt and an I Am Invincible filly) have sold for $730,000 and $450,000 respectively. The latter, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, ran in the recent Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) and is expected to develop into astakes-winning 3YO by Maher. Segenhoe Stud manager Peter O’Brien of vendor Segenhoe Stud said, “Her I Am Invincible weanling colt would be in the top five foals on the farm and she’s back in foal to I Am Invincible. Whoever is lucky enough to get her, they’ll be buying a jewel.” Wildcard entries to The Chairman’s Sale are being accepted until 10am on Monday April 22.

    Sensibility

    Sensibility (pic: inglis.com.au)
  • Kementari to stand at Kelvinside in 2019

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019

    Lonhro’s Gr1-winning son Kementari will join Darley’s roster at Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley to make his stud debut in 2019. The dominant 3YO of his generation when winning the Gr1 Randwick Guineas, Kementari (Lonhro-Yavannah, by Redoute’s Choice) will stand alongside his sire Lonhro. Blessed with a massive turn of foot, Kementari showed huge talent from very early on in his career, with a 4-length juvenile victory over 1400m at Randwick at his second start. He returned strongly at three, making the frame in both the Gr2 Run To The Rose and Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude, before finishing the unluckiest of seconds in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas. After a summer spell, Kementari returned for the autumn with a hat-trick of wins in the 1200m Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, 1400m Gr2 Hobartville Stakes and Gr1 Randwick Guineas (as favourite), where he defeated nine Gr1 performers including Trapeze Artist, Pierata, D’Argento and Ace High. Also placed at three behind Winx in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, at four Kementari campaigned entirely at WFA level, running narrow margin placings in the Gr1 Memsie, Gr1 C.F.Orr and Gr1 Manikato Stakes. Darley has set his fee at $33,000.

  • Trapeze Artist Heads Gr1 Canterbury Stakes Noms

    Tue, 5 Mar 2019

    With three Gr1 victories already to his record (see below), the Gerald Ryan-trained Trapeze Artist, a son of Arrowfield Stud's Champion Sire Snitzel, is currently one of 12 nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) to be run at Royal Randwick. Fourth behind Alizee in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes on February 2, the 4YO has since had two barrier trials, winning on both occasions highlighted by an impressive four and three-quarter length romp on March 1. A possible Royal Ascot contender in June, victory on Saturday will only add further gloss to his appeal as a stallion prospect once he retires from racing. In what is sure to be an outstanding race, fellow nominations include Gr1 winners Brave Smash and Le Romain for Kris Lees, Shoals for Anthony Freedman, Godolphin's Kementari, while the Gr1 Beneteau mare Prompt Response is now in the Chris Waller stable, having had a change of ownership led by Widden Stud.

  • Yulong Secures Controlling Interest In Grunt

    Wed, 27 Feb 2019

    A controlling interest in the Mick Price-trained dual Gr1 winner Grunt has been acquired by Yulong Investments, with the colt set to wear their green and white silks this Saturday when the son of Waikato Stud's O'Reilly resumes in the $160,000 Gr3 Shaftesbury Avenue over 1400m at Flemington, a track he has had considerable success at. A winner of four of his five starts at the home of the Melbourne Cup, Grunt's leading performances came in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) as a 3YO followed by victory in the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) three starts later during the spring of his 4YO season where the vanquished runners included the likes of Jon Snow, Kementari, Happy Clapper, Humidor and Black Heart Bart. Allocated 61.5kg in Saturday's Gr3 contest, Grunt will use the 1400m as a lead in race to the $5 million All-Star Mile where he is one of the 10 top-vote scoring runners to be guaranteed a position in the final field. Advance Yulong, the former German-raced Gr2 German Guineas winner Ancient Spirit, will be another runner for Yulong Investments in the Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday. Trained by Chris Waller, the 4YO son of Invincible Spirit has finished in the top three on six occasions from eight starts to date.

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    Grunt will carry green and white silks on Saturday (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Manuel Wins Gr1 C.F.Orr Stakes

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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    In the feature race of the afternoon at Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) celebrated his second elite race success of the day when unfancied front-running 5YO gelding Manuel (Commands-Girl Hussler, by Hussonet) held on for a half-length victory in the $502,000 Gr1 C.F.Orr Stakes (1400m) for trainer Tony McEvoy. Finishing behind him was a wall of horses, with favoured 4YO entire Kementari just grabbing second ahead of 5YO entire Land of Plenty. While punters must have thought they were watching a Fawlty Towers rerun, leader Manuel never shirked his task, and when he appeared about to be swallowed up, he somehow find something extra to kick again just before the line. A $240,000 yearling purchase by McEvoy Mitchell Racing at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, Manuel was having just his third run in stakes company, having finished a creditable 3.3-lengths behind Whispering Brook in the Gr2 Australia Stakes late last month. He now has 8 wins (also including the Listed Kilmore Cup) and 7 placings from 23 starts for $752,050 in earnings.

  • Avilius Wins Gr3 T.S.Carlyon Cup

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019

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    At Caulfield in Melbourne, 5YO UK-bred gelding Avilius (Pivotal-Alessandria, by Sunday Silence) provided Godolphin trainer James Cummings with a solid 0.8-length victory in the $160,750 Gr3 T.S.Carlyon Stakes (1600m), defeating 5YO geldings Sikandarabad and Night’s Watch. Although Avilius likes to drop out in his races before rattling home, supporters of the favourite would have had their hearts in their mouths when the field straightened up. Even once he started to go through his gears Avilius still had to navigate his way between horses, but once clear his class stood out and he cruised to the front just in time. Providing Godolphin with some compensation after Kementari was runner-up for the third time in a Caulfield Gr1 feature, Avilius now has 7 wins (including 5 in Australia – among them the Gr3 Bart Cummings Handicap, Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes & Gr3 Premier’s Cup) and 3 placings from his 14 starts for $937,308 in earnings. He also just missed the frame in the Gr1 Cox Plate.

  • Winx Favourite for All Star Mile

    Tue, 20 Nov 2018

    Racing Victoria's announcement of its new $5 million All Star Mile race has already prompted speculation about whether champion mare Winx will target the race. Sportsbet has reacted to the news by installing Winx as the $1.80 favourite for the new weight-for-age race to be run for thefirst time at Flemington on 16 March. Winx’s stable-mate and budding superstar, The Autumn Sun, is second favourite at $7 ahead of Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Amphitrite on $11. Hong Kong star Beauty Generation is also $11. Ten of the 14 runners will be decided on by public vote, so the online bookmaker has installed the punters’ racehorse, Four Beers Please, a $1001 shot to break her maiden with a win against the stars. "We’re expecting Winx to be back for the autumn and this new race could fit in with her campaign. As far as getting enough votes goes, Winx will attract numbers that some Aussie politicians could only dream of," said sportsbet.com.au’s Ella Zampatti.

    Market courtesy of Sportsbet.com.au

    $1.80 - Winx

    $7.00 - The Autumn Sun

    $11 - Amphitrite

    $11 - Beauty Generation

    $15 - Ringerdingding

    $17 - Land of Plenty

    $21 - D’Argento

    $21 - Hartnell

    $21 - Humidor

    $21 - Shillelagh

    $26 - Best of Days

    $26 - Latrobe

    $26 - Oohood

    $26 - Unforgotten

    $34 - Le Romain

    $34 - Verry Elleegant

    $41 - Happy Clapper

    $41 - Kementari

    $41 - Miss Fabulass

    $51 - Lean Mean Machine

    $101 - Tom Melbourne

    $1001 - Four Beers Please

  • Brave Smash Wins Gr1 Manikato Stakes

    Mon, 29 Oct 2018

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    On Cox Plate eve at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, 5YO Japanese-bred entire Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) doubled down on a future stud career with his second top-flight Gr1 sprint success when landing the $1 million Manikato Stakes (1200m) by 0.2-lengths for trainer Darren Weir. Facing a field that included four entries from Aidan O’Brien’s global powerhouse stable Ballydoyle, Hugh Bowman and Brave Smash overpowered leader Spirit of Valour with 30 metres to go as a wall of horses went to the post. Kementari, scouting wide into the turn after getting well back, flashed home to deny Spright a placing, but the hard luck story of the race was former Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Houtzen. Getting back to her best form this prep, the I Am Invincible mare went for a gap in the last 50 metres that rapidly closed just when she looked a genuine winning chance. Jagged back by Ryan Maloney, Houtzen instead finished in sixth place. Brave Smash had blinkers added for Friday night, with Weir commenting, “The plan was to put the blinkers on in the Everest but Hughie (Bowman) said he probably didn’t need them, but he needed them tonight to get in the right spot.” Owned by a syndicate headed by Australian Bloodstock and Mt Hallowell Stud, Brave Smash improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes) and 9 placings (also including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 C.F. Orr Stakes and 2017’s The Everest) from 28 starts for $3,437,686 in earnings.

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    Brave Smash pounces in the Manikato Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Kementari Eases In Face Of Rival Support

    Fri, 26 Oct 2018

    Godolphin's exciting Gr1-winning sprinter-miler Kementari has eased in betting markets ahead of Friday's Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. A warm favourite before drawing a potentially challenging marble, Kementari had slipped out to eachway odds of $5.00 and $2.00 by midday on Thursday. Conversely, some Winx-like wagers crunched the Aidan O'Brien-trained dual Gr1-winning sprinter US Navy Flag in from $9.00 to $6.50 despite the raider finishing down the field in Sydney's The Everest earlier this month. Right down the weights, in fact carrying some 5.5kg less than her nearest rival due to the weight-for-age conditions of the race, Sunlight assumed favouritism at $4.60. That's despite no 3YO filly having won the race for decades. With a favorable draw, and yet to miss a placing in 10 starts that have yielded Gr1 placings and victory in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the Tony McEvoy-trained daughter of boom sire Zoustar has an army of supporters who think she has the zip to run the field off its proverbial legs.

  • Wide Draw No Concern for Kementari

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018

    Trainer James Cummings has no doubt Kementari has the class to overcome his wide draw in Friday night's $1 million Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The Godolphin-owned Kementari has drawn barrier 12 of 14 for the weight-for-age sprint feature. "It looks from an early perspective that there is plenty of speed that is drawn towards the inside, Cummings told racenet. "If it does become a swooper's race then Kementari is not locked away on the inside and he is able to get into the clear and get into his work. You saw him in the Memsie with a wide run, he's got a really strong burst and he can sustain pressure from a long way out." Cummings added: "We are confident he has got that strength again and he's ready to run very well as a fresh horse over 1200m. If the pressure goes on genuinely then I think he will respond. He is as good a sprinter-miler I think that we can put a saddle on right now out of our barn."

    Kementari (image: Steve Hart)
  • Group 1 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers

    Wed, 24 Oct 2018

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    The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million weight-for-age Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in Melbourne on Friday night. A capacity field of 14 has assembled for the race. Champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has accepted with four runners for the race, namley US Navy Flag, Spirit Of Valor, Intelligence Cross & Fleet Review. The current $4.40 TAB favourite is the Godolphin-owned Kementari, followed by the only 3YO in the race, Sunlight, at $4.60, then Houtzen at $8, Malaguerra at $9, and Brave Smash & Irish sprinter US Navy Flag at $9.50.