Nicks That Click – Two Black Beauties Combine
Tara Madgwick - Tuesday March 13
This nick has been a good one for a long time, but the success of spectacular near black colt Kementari in the Group I ATC Randwick Guineas last Saturday has put it firmly back in the spotlight.

Kementari is the best of Lonhro and BletchinglyBy champion sire Lonhro from winning Redoute's Choice mare Yavanna, Kementari is fast emerging as the best horse to date bred on a highly successful nick between Lonhro and former champion sire Bletchingly.

Kementari has become the pin-up boy for this pattern of breeding given he actually has a double cross of Bletchingly through his dam Yavanna, who is 4 x 3 to Bletchingly.

If you have a mental picture in your head of what you hoped a colt bred like this would look like – black with an electric turn of foot - I'm pretty sure Kementari is that horse.

Champion sire Lonhro has proven to be a great match for a wide variety of mares, but those carrying some Bletchingly blood in their make-up have delivered him four Group I winners in Kementari, Impending, The Conglomerate and Beaded.

Champion sire Bletchingly died in 1993Looking at the Lonhro x Bletchingly nick in a 5 x 5 non grid based report from Arion shows 68.9% winners to runners and 24 stakes-winners which equates to 7.2% stakes-winners to runners.

Broadening the parameters to cover Lonhro with Bletchingly's sire Biscay brings in three more Group I winners in Denman, Exosphere and Mental with 30 stakes-winners in total and 66.4% winners to runners with 5.5% stakes-winner to runners.

The most successful way in which Lonhro and Bletchingly combine comes with the latter's Golden Slipper winning son Canny Lad with Kementari again the flagbearer here given his dam sire Redoute's Choice is from a daughter of Canny Lad.

LonhroThe stats for Lonhro and Canny Lad in a 5 x 5 non grid based report from Arion show 70.2% winners to runners and 19 stakes-winners which equates to 11.3% stakes-winners to runners.

Footnote: The latest stakes-winner for Lonhro came on Sunday when two year-old colt Encryption won the Group III ATC Canberra Black Opal Stakes. He traces in tail female line to the Canny Lad family, his Group I winning dam Guelph claiming Canny Lad's three-quarter sister Canny Miss as her third dam.