Atlantic Jewel in devastating return

| September 8, 2013
Atlantic Jewel races away with the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield

Atlantic Jewel races away with the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield

Atlantic Jewel made a scintillating return to the track winning the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

The devastating return to racing sent many of the mare’s future opposition looking for alternative races to avoid the five-year-old.

After 17 months in the paddock through injury, Atlantic Jewel came to Caulfield on Saturday and after sitting wide from the 600 metres, toyed with her rivals.

Runner-up in the first group 1 event of the season, Ferlax’s trainer Jim Conlan summed it up well.

”I was at the fork in the road whether to pursue weight-for-age or handicap races but I think now I will just avoid her,” Conlan said.

The arrogance of Atlantic Jewel’s eighth straight victory seems to give her an ominous grip on this year’s group 1 Cox Plate and all the races leading into the 2040-metre feature at Moonee Valley. As jockey Michael Rodd said: ”It’s a relief that she can return to racing like that.”

And, while Mark Kavanagh was visibly moved by his mare’s stunning return things only got better for his imposing stable of spring hopefuls.

Super Cool,a high-class three-year-old, looks to have made a successful transition into a four-year-old group competitor with his eye-catching third.

”He’ll be really hard to beat in the Caulfield Cup. That was a fantastic run,” jockey Glen Boss said moments after Super Cool’s performance.

It may have even surprised Kavanagh himself as he believes Super Cool may take one or two runs to return to the Australian Cup form of last autumn.

However, what is frightening for opponents of both Super Cool and Atlantic Jewel is their Flemington trainer warned that they’ve both got woolly winter coats and have much improvement left in them.

After Saturday’s meeting Kavanagh is now in the box seat with the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate.

Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon also showed he’d lost none of his natural ability with a strong closing fifth behind Atlantic Jewel.

Jockey Brett Pebble, who combined to win the Cup with Green Moon, said that he was impressed with the finishing performance.

Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller said of the Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente: ”He sat back as the barriers opened which left us two lengths behind then he had to make a run at a crucial stage, but I was very happy.”

Kiwi galloper It’s A Dundeel lost no admirers with his dour fourth, with the four-year-old appearing to have little luck in the closing stages.

”It’s A Dundeel went super, I was always worried about the barrier and couldn’t get a clear run when I needed it,” jockey James McDonald said.

It’s unclear where Atlantic Jewel will be taken next, perhaps to Moonee Valley later in the month, however the stable will wait to see how the mare coped with her breathtaking success at Caulfield.

Rodd said he wasn’t surprised by the ease of the victory as her track work had always been so brilliant.


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