Hunting for glory in Guineas
STABLEMATES Kementari and Sanctioned have taken different paths to today’s Caulfield Guineas and trainer James Cummings is convinced both deserve respect in the $ 2 million classic.
Kementari comes through the traditional Guineas Prelude at Caulfield, while Sanctioned will race on a seven- day back- up after his fourth in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick last Saturday.
The colts form part of a strong representation on Guineas day for Cummings in what could be his biggest day since taking over in July as head trainer in Australia for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation.
Along with the two Guineas hopes, Cummings will saddle up Thousand Guineas favourite Alizee and one of the leading Caulfield Stakes contenders Hartnell in Group 1 races.
Kementari has been primed after finishing fourth in the Run To The Rose first- up in Sydney before his closing third in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude ( 1400m) last Sunday week.
Kementari has barrier 10 and is third favourite at $ 5.50 with UBET while $ 31 chance Sanctioned has to overcome the outside gate in the field of 16.
Three of Godolphin’s Group 1 runners will be ridden by Sydney jockey Glyn Schofield. Schofield and Cummings teamed in Melbourne to win last year’s Victoria Derby with Prized Icon. Schofield takes the mount on Sanctioned in the Guineas and will also combine with Hartnell and Alizee.
After a first- up win in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield, Hartnell has since been placed in the Makybe Diva Stakes and the Underwood Stakes and is on trial for a run in next week’s Caulfield Cup today.
Schofield is yet to ride Hartnell, who will be having his 23rd start in Australia.
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HIGH HOPES: Trainer David Hayes with Everest favourite Vega Magic and ( inset) Redkirk Warrior.