Kementari can end drought

08 February 2019 03:43:15 EST

Trainer James Cummings says Kementari is flying heading into Saturday's Group 1 CF Orr (1400m) at Caulfield as he looks to end a near year-long drought.

Kementari was rated as one of the best horses in Australia, only behind super mare Winx, but after going eight runs without a win, there are one or two question marks over his form.

However, Godolphin trainer Cummings is confident Kementari, 6/4 to win the race, will be on song when resuming on Saturday, off the back of a terrific trial at Randwick.

"From a nice barrier it will depend on how he begins and what the pressure looks like early as to where he settles in the race," Cummings said on Melbourne radio RSN.

"Ideally I think if he could get on the back of a horse like Whispering Brook he can settle not too far back and also allow him to keep that stalking position.

"The horse is really flying along. I loved his barrier trial a couple of weeks ago when he honed-in on the leader clawing back the margin without being put under vigorous riding. We're really confident that he's going well."

Cummings believes Kementari is not far off the kind of form that saw him win the Randwick Guineas last March but is well aware he needs to produce it on the big stage again.

"Every time I saddle the horse up without a win is a concern," Cummings added. "It looks like he will have perfect conditions tomorrow on the Good 4 track. I think the seven furlongs first-up should suit him perfectly and this race is a perfect target for him fresh."

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