Group 1 winner Kementari is back at the race track just under a year since he was last seen and an eventful, possibility more accurately described as uneventful, time in between.
The 2018 Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner retired to stud after an unplaced run in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on March 9th last year. Unfortunately for the suitors of the handsome the five-year-old by Lonhro was infertile.
After deliberation Godolphin gelded Kementari and placed him back into work for an attempt to return to racing and he was presented at the Rosehill trials on Tuesday with a narrow fourth placing suggesting that the plan will work.
The 900m Open Trial on the Inside Course was won in convincing style by Chris Waller’s 2018 Group 1 ATC Oaks winner Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock) under Nash Rawiller.
This time last year the five-year-old mare was third to stablemate Winx in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes over 1600m and again third in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf over 1600m, both at Randwick.
Rawiller kept the mare up to her task and she went to the line with a 3 1/4L margin over I Thought So (So You Think) and Rachel King with Diplomatico (Snitzel) and Brenton Avdulla third with the margin 1L. Then it was a nose to Kementari under Hugh Bowman. The time was 55.11 on the Soft 5 track with the final 600m in 34.00.
Bowman settled Kementari back in the field and stayed on the rails down the straight. Over the final 50m he allowed Kementari more rein and they nicely closed without any discernible effort.
Kementari only raced against the best and he collected five Group 1 placings to go along with his Randwick Guineas victory over Pierata and Trapeze Artist. He will return to racing looking to build on his previous earnings of $1.9 million.