Kementari’s future up in the air after breaking 1001-day win drought


“Let’s not get too carried away, it was a group 3 and weight-for-age so he should have been in a race like that,” Cox said.

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“While it was fabulous to see, we haven’t made any decisions yet. We’ll have a chat and, again, we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground.

“He’ll come back to the east side and we’ll just evaluate whether we want to put him back into training or retire him from the track and find a different equine discipline for him.

“There’s nice races around, there’s no question, but whether we want to do it with him we’re not certain. His career has been well-documented, there’s plenty of people out there willing him to retire and now he’s won very well and they’re willing him to race on again. He’s a polarising horse but we’ll make our decision in the interests of the horse himself and what we feel is his best future going forward.”

Cox said the stable staff were joyed by the win, which silenced Kementari’s detractors.

“Everyone loves him, he’s such a character, he’s such a big, bold looking horse, a very attractive horse,” Cox said.

“He’s got a lot of character about him. The keyboard warriors like to sledge him but that galvanises our team to show some resolve as to how good he is and how much we love him, so that’s why we all got a kick out of the win.

“It was shades of the old Kementari.”

But Cox said the team knew a win wasn’t far away.

“Everyone had been talking him up, right from when we brought him back from his so-called stud career,” he said.

“All along he had been working well and trialling well and eating well so we always had every confidence he’d deliver at some point and the stars aligned yesterday.”

Meanwhile, the autumn is quickly approaching and Cox is excited about Godolphin’s crop of two-year-olds heading towards the Blue Diamond in February.

Admittedly, it was a quiet season last year for the juggernaut operation’s crop of juveniles, but three have already stamped themselves as colts to watch this season.

“We had a lot of Teofilos, a lot of Medaglia D’Oros, Contributors [last season] that will take a little bit longer to come to hand. They’re coming to hand now but we were a bit light on two-year-old results last season, no question,” Cox said.

“The three colts that have won and won very well, them being Anamoe, Paulele and Ingratiating, they’re three very, very nice colts.

“They’re the obvious paths when you’ve got colts of that calibre at two. All three of them are going to aim at the Blue Diamond but they’ll tell us whether we need to zig or zag [to the Slipper] at some point in time.”

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