Commanding Jewel back to winning form

| September 8, 2013
Commanding Jewel wins G2 Let's Elope at Flemington

Commanding Jewel wins G2 Let’s Elope at Flemington

Commanding Jewel returned to winning form with a convincing performance to take out the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Having taken benefit out of her first-up run from an injury-enforced spell, Commanding Jewel ($9) settled midfield in the 1400m Group Two event for mares before sprinting to the front in the straight.

She defeated the Chris Waller-trained Catkins ($10) by a half length with the same margin to A Time For Julia, the $8 favourite.

Trainer Leon Corstens was relieved to get the three-quarter sister to Atlantic Jewel back in the winner’s circle.

“I’ve been in racing for quite some time and she’s a very good horse,” Corstens said.

“I think it’s a relief more than anything. People expect a lot of the horse and myself and it’s great that we got there.”

Commanding Jewel won last year’s Group One Thousand Guineas (1600m) but missed the autumn.

She finished sixth in her comeback race in the Carlyon Stakes over 1000m but was better suited up in distance on Saturday.

Corstens said he would wait and see where he heads next with the four-year-old but he has a Group One target in sight next month.

“I’d like to head towards the Toorak and we’ll see how we go from there,” Corstens said.

Ben Melham was having his first ride on Commanding Jewel and was impressed by the way the daughter of Commands sprinted when he asked her for an effort.

“She travelled up really well and produced a good turn of foot like the class horse that she is,” Melham said.

A week after Atlantic Jewel completed a fairytale return in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, her younger three-quarter-sister made a winning return of her own at Flemington.

Commanding Jewel made a triumphant return to the winner’s list, almost 11 months after her previous victory, in the $220,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes.

It was the daughter of Commands’ first win since her Group 1 Thousand Guineas success and confirmed she was over the injuries that caused her to miss the Melbourne Festival of Racing.

Commanding Jewel proved criticised in some quarters after her first-up sixth in the Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley on 24 August was unjustified with her strong win.

Corstens was thrilled to see her break through and will now set his sights on Group 1 glory.

“I think, after this, we might head towards to the Toorak (Handicap) or something like that,” Corstens said. “We’ll see how we got from there.”

Commanding Jewel ($9) was the beneficiary from a sweet Ben Melham ride to get home comfortably in the Let’s Elope.

The performance was more decisive than the half-length margin over Catkins ($10) indicated, with A Time For Julia ($8) the same distance back third.

Commanding Jewel returned to winning form with a convincing performance to take out the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington today.

Having taken benefit out of her first-up run from an injury-enforced spell, Commanding Jewel settled midfield in the 1400-metre Group Two event before sprinting to the front in the straight.

She defeated the Chris Waller-trained Catkins by a half length, with the same margin to the favourite A Time For Julia. Trainer Leon Corstens was relieved to get the three-quarter-sister to Atlantic Jewel back in the winner’s circle.

“I’ve been in racing for quite some time and she’s a very good horse,” Corstens said. “I think it’s a relief more than anything. People expect a lot of the horse and myself and it’s great that we got there.”

Commanding Jewel won last year’s Gr. 1 Thousand Guineas but missed the autumn. She finished sixth in her comeback race in the Carlyon Stakes over 1000 metres but was better suited up in distance today.

Corstens said he would wait and see where he heads next with the four-year-old but he has a Group One target in sight next month. “I’d like to head towards the Toorak and we’ll see how we go from there,” he said.

 


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