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Kementari 1Can Kementari Break the Winning Winx Streak?

The high class Australian sprinter Kementari is gearing up to race alongside the great mare Winx in tomorrow’s George Ryder Stakes (Gr1) in a bid to break the daughter of Street Cry’s remarkable winning streak of 23 races.

In a small field of just six runners it is no surprise with her winning history that Winx is favourite in the George Ryder and although Kementari may be the youngest competitor tomorrow he is a strong bet being second in the market. The other runners include the Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper, Clearly Innocent, Crack Me Up and Invincible Gem.

Tomorrow will see jockey Brenton Avdulla partner again with Kementari after last riding him in his first start of his impressive 9-start career to date. The pair will start from barrier 5, with race rival Winx in the widest barrier.

From the Godolphin team and trained by James Cummings, the son of Lonhro has shown unbeatable form this year winning the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes and his latest victory in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas cemented the colt a position on the Darley Stallion roster at the completion of his racing career.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way he’s come out of the Randwick Guineas,” commented Cummings. “He’s a rising star and this is the main lead-up race that he needs for the Doncaster.”

Kementari is $4 favourite for the $3 million Doncaster Mile on April 7 at Randwick.

Five Group 1 races will take place at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow with the main event being the $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper for two-year-olds, a race that saw Kementari’s half-brother Telperion run an unlucky fourth in 2016 – Telperion is now standing at Westbury Stud and covered his first season of mares last year.

Also to win on this day in 2016 was Westbury’s other newest member to the stallion roster in Tarzino who won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. Starting in this year's Rosehill Guineas is Reliable Man's son Main Stage from the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young stable. This will be Main Stage's first visit to Sydney having won in Victoria in the Listed UCI Stakes, placing 3rd and 4th at Group 3 level and finishing 5th to race rival Ace High in the Victoria Derby last year.

Race 4 on the nine-race card will see seasoned mare Consensus, sired by Westbury's resident Postponed, run in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes for New Zealand based trainer Stephen McKee. Tomorrow will be her first start on Australian soil having been a regular placegetter at Group 1 level in New Zealand including winning the Zabeel Classic (Gr.1) proving her ability to win over 2000m.

Consensus' performance in the Ranvet Stakes will determine her Autumn campaign path with this being her final campaign before she retires as a broodmare now that she is in foal.

Pictured: Half-brother to Telperion, Kementari.

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