Kementari follows in sire's shoes

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While the remarkable stallion career of Lonhro rolls on, Darley feels that it is well placed to continue his legacy into the next generation.

Darley confirmed on Monday that Kementari, the G1 Randwick Guineas winner, would become the fourth of Lonhro's sons to join their stallion roster in the coming season.

The 4-year-old will retire immediately and stand his first season at Kelvinside this coming spring for a price of $33,000 (inc GST).

In doing so he joins his own sire, the seemingly indefatigable Lonhro, who has had three 2-year-old stakes-winners already this season, as well as three other sons, Denman, Exosphere and Impending.

"Obviously we are delighted to have him," Darley's Head of Sales Alastair Pulford told TDN AusNZ.

"He's a son of Lonhro, who is having a new lease of life himself. Lonhro just keeps getting more and more better horses. His 2-year-olds this year are going great guns, but he has proven himself to be such a good stallion over such a long period."

"In terms of his sons, Pierro is well established as a sire now and there are plenty of others on their way. It looks like his legacy is going to continue well into and beyond the next generation."

Kementari

"What really attracts me to Kementari is that he has got the class and presence of his father. He is such a beautiful horse that he is certainly one that you would hope would be one to carry on that Lonhro legacy."

Kementari has a racetrack resume to match any of the sire sons of Lonhro with the exception of Coolmore's Pierro, who is proving a terrific stallion in his own right.

Kementari was a winner at two and was then second in a G1 Caulfield Guineas in the early part of his 3-year-old season. He returned in the autumn to win the G3 Eskimo Prince S. and the G2 Hobartville S. before a career peak in the Randwick Guineas.

"His win in the Randwick Guineas was just awesome," Pulford said.

"He was absolutely dominant in the 3-year old division this time last year. He ran a race-record time and he won by the widest margin that the Randwick Guineas has been won by."

Behind him that day were subsequent Group 1 winners Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) and D'Argento (So You Think {NZ}) as well as G1 Victoria Derby winner Ace High (High Chaparral {Ire})

"His win in the Randwick Guineas was just awesome," Alastair Pulford

"He really smashed a high-class field. Trapeze Artist is no slouch. He put paid to him a couple of times and he was absolutely dominant," Pulford said.

Kementari didn’t win another race after that point, but was placed in the G1 George Ryder, and then as a 4-year-old in the G1 Memsie S., G1 Manikato S. and the G1 CF Orr S.

"As a 4-year old, we didn’t miss him at all. We campaigned him in the very best company. He was just touched off a couple of times in Group 1 weight-for-age races. He certainly showed he had the ability to compete with the very best of them," Pulford said.

Easy to match on type

Pulford said as a stallion, Kementari presented an excellent physical match for the majority of mares.

"He won't be a difficult horse to match physically, because he is such a good looker himself," he said.

"He's got the most beautiful head, that's the first thing you see. He has got this great presence about him. He is taller than Lonhro, he's correct but he is built in that same mould. He is a beautiful moving horse and of course he is that dark black colour that his father is."

"He won't be a difficult horse to match physically, because he is such a good looker himself,"- Alastair Pulford

While he is out of a Redoute's Choice mare in Yavanna, Pulford doesn't think that will significantly impact the Danehill-line mares that might go to him.

"You are getting Danehill back in the fourth generation, so I'd think for most people these days, the fourth generation is not a big issue. He's from such a good family and Lonhro is a great outcross and works well with that Danehill line," he said.

He pointed to Group 1 winning filly Alizee, who is by Sepoy out of a Danehill-line mare, as an example of a top line horse with a Danehill cross on the fourth line.

Price is right

At $33,000, Kementari is priced lower than future barnmates Astern and Shooting To Win were in their first seasons in recent times.

"I think he's extremely well priced. He's a good horse's price in the Hunter Valley, but if you compare him with similarly performed horses who have retired in the past couple of years, he's competitively priced," Pulford said.

Pulford said Newgate pair Extreme Choice and Flying Artie had stood for $38,500 in their first seasons in 2017, while first-season pair Russian Revolution (Newgate) and Merchant Navy (Coolmore) had stood for $55,000 last season.

"We think he's extremely attractively priced. My phone has been running hot all this morning," he said.