Kementari back for second campaign after fertility issues

Godolphin trainer James Cummings is expecting the second campaign of Kementari to be a better one after the gelding proved unsuccessful at stud. 

Kementari was sent to stud after finishing last in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes in March 2019, but fertility issues saw the Godolphin-owned sprinter gelded and back on the race track a year later. 

The now six-year-old placed in the first two runs of his return to racing, at Rosehill and Randwick, before the travelling to Brisbane for a winter campaign. 

After three runs, which included finishing 14th in the Group 1 Stradbroke at Eagle Farm in June, Kementari was given a break to prepare for a spring carnival campaign. 

James Cummings, picture

Cummings has given Kementari a thorough grounding for his return run at Flemington on Saturday in the $300,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m). 

He finished fourth in a trial at Randwick on September 8 before fronting up two weeks later to finish third in another trial at Warwick Farm. 

It will be Kementari’s first run at Flemington since finishing ninth to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) in November 2018. 

“He’s fit and ready to go fresh up,” Cummings said. 

“His preliminaries have been excellent and the reports from his trackwork riders give me confidence. 

“There may be some improvement to come in the appearance of his coat, but he’ll arrive in Melbourne a fit horse.” 

Kementari had a huge reputation during his three-year-old career running second in the 2017 Group 1 Caulfield Guineas before returning the following autumn to claim the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, the last win of his 24-start career. 

Kementari has had specking since the final field was announced, firming from $13 to $12. 

He is pitted against Everest contenders Tofane ($2.80) and Santa Ana Lane ($4.80 to $4.40) who are the market leaders.