Could Godolphin colt Kementari be the real deal?
That’s the question most were left wondering after his explosive first-up win in the Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
If he can continue to reproduce splits like those Punters Intel data revealed out of Saturday’s victory then he might well be special.
The three-year-old’s last 600m of 33.75 was clearly the best out of the Eskimo Prince – you could tell that to the eye – and the best work came in the final 400m.
As Glyn Schofield made his run on Kementari he basically put the race away between the 400m and 200m with an 11.05.
Who knows what his final 200m could have been had he not been eased right down – he was still easily the fastest with 11.33.
Also worth noting out of the Eskimo Prince was the run of fourth-placed Assimilate who dashed home in 34.13. Whether he can get closer to Kementari when they clash in the Hobartville remains to be seen but he’s off to a good start.
Plenty of eyes were on Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and she didn’t disappoint.
The Punters Intel data, though, suggests there could be a bit of room for improvement. Her final 600m of 34.17 was bettered by runner-up Acqume (33.99) as was her last 200m (11.67/11.61).
She Will Reign was probably entitled to knock up a little as she did burn in the early stages to take up the running, with her first 300m run in 18.39. Diamond Tathagata, who tried to go with her with 18.48 early, knocked right up and was well beaten.
Lonhro Plate runner-up Satin Slipper is another that should improve with the run. While she appeared to have her chance on paper it was her last 200m that let her down.
She was clearly the fastest from the 400m to the 200m with 11.17 as she loomed to win the race but knocked up late running 11.68 compared to the winner Sandbar’s 11.65.
A few other runs to note out of the Warwick Farm meeting:
Under The Thumb was clearly the standout from the TAB Highway running 34.57 for his last 600m and 11.53 for the final furlong.
Danish Twist, as usual, scampered home late in 34.28 with a sound 11.68 final 200m.
Echo Effect found the 1000m too short in the final event but there was nothing wrong with his 32.97 for the last 600m.
Fastest last 600m: Hieroglyphics 32.74
Most ground covered: Beijing Board +27.3m (2400m)