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Kementari 1Kementari Heads Big Day for the Blue Army

Outstanding three-year-old Kementari will spearhead a big team for Godolphin’s “blue army” on the first day of The Championships when he steps out as a warm $3.50 favourite for the A$3,000,000 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap over the 1600m at Randwick tomorrow.

Run for the first time in 1866, the Doncaster Handicap has long been one of the premier races on the Australian racing calendar and has a proud history with its Honour Roll carrying the names of some of the turf’s very best performers including Wakeful, Cuddle, Fine and Dandy, Tobin Bronze, Tontonan, My Gold Hope, Emancipation, Super Impose, Skating, Pharoah, Secret Savings, Assertive Lad, Sunline, Grand Armee, Private Steer, Racing to Win, Haradasun, Rangirangdoo, More Joyous, Sacred Falls, Kermadec, and Winx.

While no three-year-old has won the race since Sacred Falls in 2013, the race has often favoured the 3YO’s with 30 individual winners of the Doncaster Handicap coming from this age bracket. Since 1999 Sunline, Over, Assertive Lad, Racing to Win, and Haradasun join Sacred Falls as winners of the big mile as three-year-olds.

Kementari – a half-brother to Westbury stallion Telperion – has been in a purple patch of form during this preparation, winning the Eskimo Prince Stakes Gr.3, the Hobartville Stakes Gr.2, and the Randwick Guineas Gr.1; before suffering his first defeat in this preparation when he ran a very good third when beaten 1.6 lengths behind the champion mare Winx and high class miler Happy Clapper in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes as a lead up to the time-honoured race. Kementari drops from the 56kg he carried in the George Ryder to a luxury 51.5kg in the Doncaster which makes him a very attractive proposition in tomorrow’s Doncaster Handicap. Inform hoop Brenton Avdulla will ride Kementari.

The black son of Lonhro has already cemented a place in Darley’s stallion roster for the future, but a win in the Doncaster could see him become a worthy replacement for his sire in years to come. 

Lonhro, a grandson of the mighty Zabeel, is rising 20 this year and has produced more than 800 individual winners and 74 stakes winners during his time at stud with stakes totalling a massive  $97,079,373, while his daughters are making an excellent job as broodmares with Contessa Vanessa, Gatting, Derryn, Morton’s Fork, Shards, Veranillo, and Nothingilikemore all out of Lonhro mares.

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