CAULFIELD GUINEAS

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Godol­phin pair aim to si­lence Sym­phony

TO­MOR­ROW’S Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) might have the boom colt Royal Sym­phony going around, but Godol­phin’s two run­ners are primed to spoil the party.

James Cum­mings has Ke­men­tari and Sanc­tioned com­ing into the race from dif­fer­ent form­lines.

De­spite tak­ing on dif­fer­ent horses in the leadup they’ve both raced at the elite level.

Lonhro colt Ke­men­tari en­tered this preparation as the dark horse for the Group 1s on the back of a few classy runs in au­tumn.

But he’s looked com­fort­able in the big time with en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances Run To The Rose and Caulfield Guineas pre­lude.

He fin­ished fourth to Me­nari and third Perast on those oc­ca­sions and Cum­mings says he’s ready for his big­gest day to­mor­row.

“He’s a three-year-old who is still on the way up. He’s had re­ally at­trac­tive ground­ing for the 1600m third-up and I loved his Guineas trial in the pre­lude when he warmed to the task late

race. I thought it was a beau­ti­ful trial,” he said.

“Since then he’s gone ahead and comes to his grand fi­nal race in top con­di­tion.”

Ke­men­tari will be rid­den by Dwayne Dunn and from gate nine he needs to find cover which the top hoop should be able

do and give the three­year-old his best chance to claim the race.

He’s young trainer’s best chance to claim a race his pow­er­house stable re­ally wants win each sea­son.

“The race has brought to­gether a field of very good colts and a filly (Catchy) who has

form, but that’s what you ex­pect in a Guineas and I think he has the qual­ity and the form to be in there with them,” Cum­mings said.

“This is the race we’ve set him for and he’s ready to run well de­spite com­ing up with a slightly tricky bar­rier.”

His other run­ner is Sanc­tioned.

The Te­ofilo colt is drop­ping back in dis­tance after Cum­mings gave him a chance to prove him­self

derby horse with runs in the Gloam­ing Stakes and Spring Cham­pion Stakes.

He was very good in those events, fin­ish­ing sec­ond and fourth re­spec­tively in those races, both times to Vic­to­ria Derby favourite Ace High.

Cum­mings said he’s thriv­ing this preparation and en­joy­ing his rac­ing ahead of his first time going the Mel­bourne way.

“He’s a horse who copes with his rac­ing re­ally well. From a wide bar­rier in the Cham­pion Stakes last Saturday it didn’t un­fold way we wanted it to,” Cum­mings said.

“He got back in a slowly-run race and mo­tored home well from the back of the field which isn’t his pat­tern.”

De­spite only win­ning once from six starts, he’s aimed up against the best colts this time in and looks to be the real deal.

He’s going to win a big race in his ca­reer, but he’s got to drop back from 2000m 1600m which can con­cern pun­ters who think he might be a touch dour on Saturday.

Cum­mings has no fears about that, just con­fi­dence.

“The good thing is that he’s got form around all the im­por­tant horses,

Ace High, Gold Stan­dard and he de­feated the Golden Rose win­ner (Trapeze Artist) first-up,” Cum­mings said.

Ke­men­tari has had a solid lead up to to­mor­row’s Caulfield Guineas.

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