Cummings happy with Kementari form

15 October 2018 06:02:31 EST

Godolphin trainer James Cummings says he could not be happier with Kementari as he prepares to run in next week's Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

Kementari made his first public outing since finishing fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last month, when taking part in a trial at Randwick today.

The son of Lonhro was fitted with blinkers for the first time and responded by finishing second, three-quarters of a length behind Peter and Paul Snowden's Poetic Charmer.

We're happy with how he looks, his body-language is excellent and his trial this morning was one of a horse who can be competitive anywhere over 1200m at weight-for-age.

James Cummings

The 1050m trial took place on a heavy (9) track and the time of 1:04.85 was the quickest of the three heats before the remaining nine trials were postponed due to the weather.

Whether Kementari will race the Manikato on Friday week in blinkers remains to be seen, but Cummings seems happy with him ahead of the big race.

"Kementari has really enjoyed himself over the past month since arriving back from Melbourne," he told the Godolphin website.

"He's building up in condition and looks like a horse that's really enjoying his training.

"We're happy with how he looks, his body-language is excellent and his trial this morning was one of a horse who can be competitive anywhere over 1200m at weight-for-age.

"We've experimented with blinkers and we'll be aiming towards the Manikato next week."

Kementari is 13/2 to win the Manikato Stakes, while Redzel is priced at 999/1.

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