Atlantic Jewel To Be The Next Throne Of The 2012 Cox Plate
The 2012 $3 million Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate is the prime target for Atlantic Jewel, following her comeback victory in the G2 Sapphire Stakes last Saturday at Randwick.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh could not believe his eyes and even shed a tear after witnessing Atlantic Jewel return from injury with such a dominating win.
The once in a lifetime filly humiliated a quality field of fillies and mares in the Group 2 event over 1200m by 3 ¾ lengths.
It was the daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock’s first start back since injuring her back after winning the Group One
Thousand Guineas and Group Two Wakeful Stakes with ease in the Spring.
A relieved trainer, Kavanagh watched the race with Coolmore’s Tom Magnier.
“It's a relief,” the emotional trainer said to racingvictoria.net.au.
“I questioned myself a couple of times, but I thought she would (come back as good).
“She's just a special horse. She makes me speechless…look at her, that was just remarkable what she did then. She sat four-deep and Michael (Rodd, jockey) was just arrogant and she just strode away.”
She sauntered to the front at the 200m and quickly put the race away. Peter Moody trained Mid Summer Music finished well to claim second with Lady's Angel third.
“All arrows were pointing towards her winning like that, her trackwork and her trials and everything she's been doing at home was just that exciting, but we couldn't really talk about it,” Rodd said. “We were just waiting for today to come to get her back out her and let her produce her best.
“It was really arrogant. She began really well and then she just switched off like she normally does and I was able to come across, I probably got to about three-deep and then just before the turn I moved up outside Mid Summer Music and rolled out to about four-deep.
“I didn't want to be playing jockeys and holding Luke in pockets, so I just elected to roll around them and brought her to the middle of the track and like everyone saw I just let the reins go and gave her a squeeze and she took off.
“That's probably her at her at her top, but the beauty of it is she'll get better as she gets further.”
The G2 Sapphire Stakes was the first of a two race Autumn Carnival for Atlantic Jewel, who will now head towards the All Aged Stakes before being put away for a tilt at the $3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate in October.
Atlantic Jewel’s appearance at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day follows the news, that Black Caviar will also be appearing at the new two-day Cox Plate Carnival on Cox Plate Eve, in the Group 1 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes.