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Kementari Late Addition To Challenge Winx
With late nominations open until 11am yesterday, the Godolphin operation made the decision to include Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner Kementari (Lonhro) as a late entry for Saturday’s $500,000 Gr1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Making his seasonal return with a late closing second behind the Gregory Hickman-trained Pierata (Pierro) in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m), Godolphin announced their decision via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Godolphin also took to twitter 30 minutes later announce the disappointing news that Gr1 winner Alizee (Sepoy), who was a nomination for the same race, had bled during trackwork on Tuesday morning and would head to the spelling paddock immediately. With four wins and over $1.5 million in earnings from his 12 starts to date, Kementari’s Gr1 Randwick Guineas victory over Pierata and Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) saw the colt line up at his very next start in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1600m) when beaten into third behind Winx (Street Cry) and Happy Clapper (Teofilo).