Already in his short career at the races , this stunning son of the great Lonhro continues to turn heads not just in the looks department but his untapped talent on the racetrack. From the early days, Godolphin had high opinions of the colt from his beginnings at Crown Lodge and Osborne Park in trackwork and trials.
KEMENTARI is now also known as " Special K " around the traps, hence the big opinion the experts, trainer James Cummings and his team have of him. The first time I photographed him was early September last year in the Run to The Rose where he finished 4th to Menari. He then up the anti with a 3rd in the Guineas Prelude at Caulfield followed by a brave 2nd by 0.3 of a length in the Caulfield Guineas at Group 1 level. It was only a matter of time before he would crack a Group 1 of his own. This year the start of his Autumn prep, the colt has gone to the next level winning the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes, followed by the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes, where I think from this point everyone sat up and took notice ! Next was the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, which he won in brilliant fashion. His future and value secured and assured.
I couldn't be more proud of his effort in his next race the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes that was run last Saturday ! As the 3 year old in the race he was to take on the older seasoned campaigners, usually a tough ask - that being dual Group 1 winner Happy Clapper and the queen, Winx. A big task but in the end a brave 3rd, not too far away from these two stars. The run I thought was exceptional considering, which puts him in good stead for the future. His next start is the time honoured Doncaster Handicap over the famous Randwick Mile, he will be there in the finish I'm sure of it with luck in running. 3 year olds have a nice record in the race with no weight. He's in it up to his ears.
I took these shots as he arrived on course last Saturday, timed well as I was already at the stalls to get WInx. Where ever he goes my lens will find him...... and when I do it goes into over drive....you can see why !!!