Nash Raviler found the narrowest seam along the fence, which was all the crowd favorite Kemtry needed to return to the winning circle in Saturday’s Group III Tab Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
Lonhro’s striking son beat Count de Rupee (Real Impact) short-necked to return to third from odds-on favorite Big Parade (Deep Field) one and a half lengths.
Four years after his win in Group 1 Randwick Guinness, Kematory continued his record with eight wins, six seconds and six thirds out of 40 to earn $2,634,800.
Winning trainer James Cummings said it’s no secret that the black gelding is a steady favorite.
“He’s a wonderful horse, comes here, parades so beautifully, and Nash just listened to what he was told. That was the most important thing and gave a great ride in tough conditions,” Cummings said.
Kementari spent one season at stud, but proved sub-fertile except for six surviving foals.
“If he runs against his offspring, that will be something,” Cummings said.
But as long as he is in such a vein, we will run to him sparingly and take care of him. I think there’s still a little race left in that, but I think the most important thing is that it’s given our racing team, the whole operation for that matter, a big thrill. He has something about him that has brought us all together.
“He’s at the right time of year for Queensland. But it’s funny that you can lead either one of two ways. There’s South Australia at the same time, and we’ll make up our mind, but I guess That he’s going particularly well, and he’s got another big run in this preparation.”
Commentary-listed Lonhro is the half-brother of Plate winner and Group 1 ATC Cyrus’ production stakes runner-up Telperion (Street Cry) and stake-placegetters Vallequinta (Street Boss) and Palurian (Reset).
She is one of six winners out of Melbourne-winning redouts Choice mare Yvanna, the daughter of dual Group III winner Wild Queen (Loop Sauvage), who was bought by Darley as an annual for $260,000.
From the Joy family of the incomparable Dennis, Yvanna has a colt by Too Darn Hot and was covered again last spring by Dubawi’s triple Group 1 winner son.