Godolphin’s next high profile galloper Kementari is now the clear cut favourite for the Doncaster Mile after an outstanding win in the Group 1 $1m Mostyn Copper Group Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick today.
Trainer James Cummings was uncommitted about Kementari running against the older horses in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on the first day of The Championships on April 7, but bookies at Labdrokes.com.au have the Lonhro colt marked as the $4.60 favourite.
On the second line of betting is today’s Canterbury Stakes winner Happy Clapper at $9 just ahead of the Darren Weir trained Brave Smash at $11.
“As for future races this preparation we make no decisions on race days. We enjoy the win and get his name up on the honour board for the 2018 Randwick Guineas,” Cummings said.
“He is a serious horse. We had him tuned up to perfection today in a serious race.”
“He is a mouth-watering colt, his is silky smooth and he has put them away in a Randwick Guineas in the style of a really high class colt.”
Kementari made it three wins from his three starts this campaign and was sent out as the $2.35 favourite for the Randwick Guineas coming off his last start win in the Group 2 $400,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 24.
“He did with so much class in the Hobartville a fortnight ago. It stood the test of time of being a top tiered horses race,” Cummings said.
“I think they are a great group of three year olds. I do think Kementari has to be up there with one of the best in the country. He is an excitement machine.”
His followers had nothing to worry about at any stage of the race after Glyn Schofield had Kementari travelling smoothly behind the leading division in the early and middle stages.
Schofield waited until the field topped the rise and then let the gleaming colt lengthen stride and he claimed the front in a couple of bounds and ran away to record a one and a half lengths winning margin over runner up Pierata ($5.50) who was doing his best work at the finish while Trapeze Artist ($10) battled on for third.