Cummings confident on Kementari

07 September 2017 06:07:25 EST
Kerrin McEvoy

Godolphin trainer James Cummings is expecting a strong performance from exciting colt Kementari in the Group 2 Run To The Rose (1200m) on Saturday.

Kementari was beaten by stablemate Malahat on debut at Canterbury back in May, but then showed his potential with a four-length win over 1400m at Randwick next time out, in a race that got everybody talking.

The colt was then sent for a spell by then Godolphin trainer John O'Shea, and since taking charge of the stable, Cummings has been looking forward to getting his first glimpse of Kementari on raceday.

It's now time for us to find out what he's made of.

James Cummings

"He's going into the race with a reputation built mainly on potential," Cummings said. "It's now time for us to find out what he's made of."

Cummings has been impressed by what he has seen in the two trials leading into Saturday's set weight and penalties contest, and with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, the trainer clearly has high hopes.

"He's trialled up nicely and he's had a very solid grounding for his first-up run," Cummings added.

"If he's in the mix against these horses first-up, then I'd say he's going to improve sharply over 1400 metres second-up. But he still has the speed to be with them on Saturday.

"He oozes quality and there's certainly something left in the tank for the future."

Kementari meanwhile is 999/1 to win the Golden Rose on 23rd September. Pariah is currently 5/1 while Merchant Navy rates a 8/1 chance.

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