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No Luck At Stud For Lonhro Son

Blow for Australian breeding industry

Darley Australia’s Gr1 winning stallion Kementari will return to racing in 2020 as a gelding.

Retired in March on the back of a season that yielded three placings at the highest level, Kementari began covering his first book of mares at Kelvinside at an introductory fee of AU$33,000.

He had bookings of well over 150 mares before problems arose.

Kementari in action before his retirement (Pic – Godolphin)

While the Mostyn Copper Group Randwick Guineas winner had pregnancies confirmed early on, subsequent veterinary analysis classified him as an unsatisfactory breeder.

“This is obviously a disappointment for the team and our clients. Kementari was an outstanding racehorse and a most impressive individual,” said Alastair Pulford, head of sales at Darley Stallions.

“We sympathize with all our clients who had been looking forward to their mares delivering foals by Kementari, and we ensure we are doing everything we can to accommodate them and arrange for alternative matings.As well as being a blow for Darley, this is a blow for the Australian breeding industry, which has been served so well by Lonhro and his sire sons—horses such as Pierro and Denman with others like Exosphere and Impending showing great potential.”

Over the past weekend, Godolphin representatives confirmed the son of champion sire Lonhro is located at Agnes Banks ahead of his anticipated return to training in 2020 for James Cummings.

Racing.com reports that news of Kementari’s imminent return will cause some punters to shudder as the 2018 Randwick Guineas winner broke plenty of hearts on the racetrack – he suffered four Gr1 defeats by under a length and four defeats as favourite at Gro1 level during his 19-start career.

Kementari is one of nine Godolphin-owned horses to have been beaten favourite in an Australian Gr1 race on at least three occasions since August 2010.

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7 comments on “No Luck At Stud For Lonhro Son

  1. Van Niekerk says:

    In today’s Citizen Express
    Why Does Lyle Hewitson get a huge Write up While Grant VAN Niekerk gets a small One and Is Doing Way Better than Lyle Why. Thinking Muzi Comments

    1. Editor says:

      We can’t comment on the Citizen
      Grant enjoyed a recent treble
      To be fair, Lyle’s icebreaker was big news from HK for SA fans this past weekend

  2. Deezo Snyman says:

    Lyle deserves the big write because it was his 1st winner in 141 attempted rides and he is proudly our South African champion. He has millions of followers in SA and abroad and all the accolades are deserved. Let us not confuse apples with bananas.

  3. Rian says:

    Wow Deezo, millions?????

  4. Sean says:

    I have been reading various comments regarding Lyle and other jockeys and I wonder why we continue to ridicule. What I admire about the chap is that he has never given up and he is still wet behind the ears. I have been a big fan of him and Muzi etc. When I watch our jockeys overseas, its great to see Grant and Aldo doing well.

    My five cents worth…

    Probably due to the fact that Lyle was riding up in Gauteng and the majority of readers of The Citizen is domiciled there. Secondly, he happens to have won the SA championship. He has earned his stripes. I am proud of any jockey that does well, wherever. Sean Tarry would have made Lyle earn his stripes to get the quality rides. If he won the championship because of the rides then why aren’t the jocks riding for Sean Tarry not top of the championship? It’s not that easy. Take Striker in Mauritius. He got the taken to the cleaners for a ride on Man From Seattle. After that 3 jockeys rode the same horse a further 5 times…for won win. Maybe the horse just wasn’t right. Is he now a bad rider? After winning so many races, I think he knows if a horse underneath him is travelling well or not. Taking cognisance of the above it is clearly evident that there are various issues at hand.

  5. Deezo Snyman says:

    Greetings to all and a prosperous 2020. We could write novels about poor, average and excellent jockeys. The fact is some jockeys really have the x factor and that is proven in the betting. The Marshall trained One World ridden by Byleveld is usually easy to back in the betting but when Marcus rides, the price is short and it duly wins. Look at the form of the horse which proves my point. Formula one has a similar scenario, the champion Hamilton or the talented Vettel. Who is a better racing driver?

  6. Deezo Snyman says:

    Greetings to all and a prosperous 2020. We could write novels about poor, average and excellent jockeys. The fact is some jockeys do have the X factor. An example, the Marshall trained One World ridden by Byleveld is usually easy in the betting and runs according but when Marcus rides, it is very short in the betting and it duly wins. The form of the horse is evident of this. True to the fact that there are hard working jockeys, some jockey’s talent pulls them through. One could raise the debate in formula one racing, who is a better driver, the champion Hamilton, the talented Vettel or the prodigy, Max Verstappen.

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