Another impressive effort on the training track has Godolphin star Kementari in peak condition for his return to Melbourne in the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Having contended with Winx at his last start, the four-year-old colt runs into a field that is without the world-champion mare, but one that isn’t short of talent.
While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of his opposition, he is satisfied Kementari is in the right shape to add a second G1 title to his record.
“He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning,” Cummings said.
“Coming into this race he’s been really bright, he’s come out of his last run in sensational order.”
Having emerged as a potential top liner last spring, the son of Lonhro lived up to his promise last autumn as the top three-year-old colt in Australia, winning three races including the G1 Randwick Guineas.
His two runs this time in have produced a luckless second to Pierata in the G2 Missile Stakes over 1,200m and a fourth behind Winx in the G1 Winx Stakes over 1,400m at Randwick two weeks ago.
Cummings is as pleased as ever that the Kementari will run well, but he has appropriate respect for his opposition.
“There’s no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us,” Cummings said.
“I like the fact that he’s had experience at Caulfield, he’s handled the track, he’s trained very well and he’s gone forward with each run.
“So we’re looking forward to Saturday’s race and expecting a good performance.”