Another impressive effort on the training track has Godolphin star Kementari in peak condition for his return to Melbourne in the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Having contended with Winx at his last start, the four-year-old colt runs into a field that is without the world-champion mare, but one that isn’t short of talent.
While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of his opposition, he is satisfied Kementari is in the right shape to add a second G1 title to his record.
“He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning,” Cummings said.
“Coming into this race he’s been really bright, he’s come out of his last run in sensational order.”
Having emerged as a potential top liner last spring, the son of Lonhro lived up to his promise last autumn as the top three-year-old colt in Australia, winning three races including the G1 Randwick Guineas.
His two runs this time in have produced a luckless second to Pierata in the G2 Missile Stakes over 1,200m and a fourth behind Winx in the G1 Winx Stakes over 1,400m at Randwick two weeks ago.
Cummings is as pleased as ever that the Kementari will run well, but he has appropriate respect for his opposition.
“There’s no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us,” Cummings said.
“I like the fact that he’s had experience at Caulfield, he’s handled the track, he’s trained very well and he’s gone forward with each run.
“So we’re looking forward to Saturday’s race and expecting a good performance.”
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby’s incredible summer of plundering big races in France continued apace as Loxley ran out a ready winner of the Grand Prix de Deauville.
This was a step up to Group Two company, with Sylvester Kirk’s Salouen setting the standard, but his jockey Silvestre de Sousa could get never away from his pursuers on the front end.
William Buick loomed up alongside De Sousa on entering the final furlong and careered away for a two-length triumph, with Master’s Spirit passing Salouen for second close home.
Appleby said: “Loxley is a horse who is going the right way.
“He is still learning on the job and I think he will fulfil his potential next year.
“His two victories at Deauville have taught him a lot. He appreciated this trip. We will regroup and discuss his future.”
Godolphin’s accomplished Blue Point is primed and ready for another clash with headline-making speedster Battaash in Friday’s G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Blue Point was brilliant when he defeated rival Battaash by a length and threequarters in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Trainer Charlie Appleby is delighted Blue Point (stall 16) has drawn close to Battaash (14) for what could develop into another memorable speed battle.
“In these top sprints, you need to be near the pace, and we know Battaash is the pace angle,” Appleby said.
“I’m happy with the draw. A bit of rain won’t do any harm, and as long as it’s a sound surface come Friday, we’ve got to have a live chance,” he added.
As for Blue Point’s defeat in the July Cup, Appleby said he had analysed the race from several different angles.
“You can’t say that the step up in trip (to 6 furlongs) was a negative, but the track and unfortunately the way the race was run were perhaps against him,” he pointed out.
“He was a bit too free and saw a bit too much daylight there. He ran the reverse way around — that is, he did too much racing early on. I feel that the track and the trip are going to suit him in the Nunthorpe,” he added.