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Australian Racing - Racing: Kementari set for Queensland bid

James Cummings has said he will likely aim Kementari at the Queensland winter carnival following his victory in Saturday’s Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes.

Following the gelding's win in the Group 3, the Godolphin-owned seven-year-old is now a 14/1 chance for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 14th.

Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Kementari barged his way between rivals to beat Count De Rupee by a head, while Big Parade was another length and a half away in third.

"I was obviously full of running and had the opportunity to come out and really didn't want to," Rawiller said.

"Full credit to the horse. It got a bit sticky for a couple of strides, but he was pretty determined to get through."

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A Group 1 winner at three, Kementari was retired to stud, but his racing career was resurrected when he proved infertile.

He has endeared himself to the Godolphin team with his kind nature and continues to be competitive, winning a Group 2 race in the spring, The Buffering during the Queensland summer and Saturday’s 1200-metre contest.

"I think he's still got a little bit of racing left in him, but I think the most important thing is that he's given our racing team, the entire operation for that matter, a big thrill," trainer James Cummings said.

"He's got something about him that has brought us all together."

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