IT WAS revealed over the weekend that Godolphin’s Group One winner Kementari has been gelded and returned to training with James Cummings. The striking son of Lonhro was retired to stud for the 2019 season at a fee of A$33,000 but after less than four weeks of serving mares, results showed he was subfertile and categorised as an ‘unsatisfactory breeder’. “He’s ‘head trainer’s project’ 2020,” Cummings said. “He went a lap on Sunday morning and was bucking and squealing. “I went and saw him in a day yard after work and I just stood there in awe of him. He’s a beautiful horse. “It’s a terrible blow to the farm but once you get past that, the travesty of opportunity lost, it’s actually in some small way, great to have him back.
“It’s a trainer’s dream to get a horse like this back.” Cummings highlighted how fellow Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby resurrected the career of failed stallion Barney Roy as a gelding. The son of Excelebration returned to the races last year, winning the Prix de Montretout in France before an unplaced effort in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Kementari, winner of the 2018 Randwick Guineas won four of his 19 starts with Group One placings in the Caulfield Guineas, Memsie Stakes and Orr Stakes.