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.