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Legendary Jockey Darren Beadman knows a champion when he sees one having ridden the likes of Lonhro, Saintly and Octagonal during his career but he admits there is one runner that is his rock star as he plans a Magic Millions assault this coming weekend

Kementari during a barrier trial with Jockey Hugh Bowman

Punters have always had an on off relationship with Kementari but has always been loved by the Godolphin training team and after winning The Buffering on New Years Day Beadman believes ‘Special K’ is about to turn the corner at the Magic Millions festival.

It was only a few months ago that Kementari was looking at a career on the Stud Farm before being deemed infertile and now looks to complete a horse racing first at the Gold Coast where he will compete in the Magic Millions Cup whilst his progeny go under the hammer at the Magic Millions Sale.

“I was pleased to see him come back from stud and have another chance, these Lonhro’s get better with age,” Beadman said.

“It’s great to have him around because he creates a lot of attention on the track, people come up and want photos with him so he’s a bit of a star in our eyes.

“He is very well known to the general punter, even to see Nash (Rawiller) ride him the other day and look elated when he won was pretty cool.

“We have been in the game long enough to know if you stay on the roundabout long enough, you will come off a winner, I have always had faith in the horse, I never had any doubt.

“It’s not as if he’s been going around at B level, he has been going around at the top grade for years, so if you can win one of them a year you’re doing well.”

Beadman gave Kementari the ‘Special K’ nickname shortly after his second start where he bolted in by four lengths.

“He has been a special type of horse to many of us to reach the heights that he did, not many horses get to do that,” Beadman said.

“He has that rock star status about him early days and it stuck with him.

“He was one of James’ first Group One winners after he came on board, he is a magnificent looking animal with the jet black and being by Lonhro there is a soft spot.”

Kementari sits as a $5.50 chance to win the Magic Millions Cup on Saturday and will be looking to replicate the form that saw him romp home in the Gilgai stakes back in the Spring. 

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