Kementari Bound for Kelvinside


Kementari | Bronwen Healy

Group 1 victor Kementari (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}–Yavanna {Aus}, by Redoute's Choice {Aus}) will stand at Darley Australia's Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales for the 2019 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, Darley announced early Monday morning. The Darley homebred and 2018 G1 Randwick Guineas hero (video) will command a fee of A$33,000 (including GST).

Originally sent to Godolphin interim trainer Darren Beadman, Kementari broke his maiden at second asking for Beadman at Randwick before James Cummings assumed the role of head trainer for the Godolphin Australia string. From 19 starts to date, the near-black colt has won four times, taking the G2 Hobartville S. and G3 Eskimo Prince S. besides his Randwick Guineas score as a sophomore. He has also been placed at the highest level another five times and was runner-up to Manuel (Aus) (Commands {Aus}) two back in Caulfield's G1 C. F. Orr S. in early February, good for earnings north of $1.4 million.

“The point that can't be made strongly enough is his dominance as a 3-year-old,” said Darley's Head of Sales Alastair Pulford. “You need only look at the quality of the horses that finished behind him in the Randwick Guineas to see the sort of horse he is. And he's by Lonhro, one of the great colonial-bred stallions, who just keeps proving how big an influence he is on the Australian racing and breeding industry. He is also from a mare by Redoute's Choice, the benchmark for stallions in Australia in recent times. And this horse is as good-a-looking son of Lonhro as there is at stud.”

Out of the dual winner Yavanna (Aus), the 4-year-old is a half-brother to SW and G1 Inglis Sires runner-up Telperion (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}), who also raced in the royal blue of Godolphin. His second dam struck twice at the Group 3 level Down Under and is herself a half-sister to MGSW So Gorgeous (Aus) (Brief Truce) and Group 3 winner Cumbria (Aus) (Lake Coniston {Ire}). So Gorgeous, in turn, has produced G1 Golden Shaheen victor Sterling City (Aus) to the cover of Nadeem {Aus}), as well as G2 Tulloch S. winner Tipungwuti (Aus) (Fusaichi Pegasus). Black-type winner Jewel in the Crown (Aus) (Might Kingdom {Aus}), the fourth dam of Kementari, is a half-sister to G1 Champagne S. victress Euphoria (Aus) (Marauding {NZ}).

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