Mark Kavanagh’s Thousand Guineas winner Atlantic Jewel has opened the pre-post favourite to take out the 2012 Doncaster Mile Handicap this autumn despite the boom filly having been sidelined with injury after her stunning spring campaign.
After taking out the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) by an easy three lengths over Mosheen at Caulfield last October, which was just her fourth career start, Fastnet Rock three-year-old Atlantic Jewel was injured during her next run.
Charging away to a blistering seven length triumph in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Derby Day, Atlantic Jewel was found to have pulled a hamstring and was sent to the paddock immediately subsequently missing the Crown Oaks.
Making a good recovery, Atlantic Jewel was one of 197 horses nominated for the Doncaster Mile 2012 earlier this month.
She returned to work at Kavanagh’s Flemington stables just over a week ago, showing all the signs of a promising autumn return.
“We are delighted to have her back, she’s such an exciting filly,” Tom Magnier from Coolmore said.
“It will be up to Mark (Kavanagh) to decide when she is ready to race again.”
One of the most lucrative Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival events, the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) is scheduled to run at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 21.
Our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet recently opened their exclusive Doncaster Mile Handicap odds, and Atlantic Jewel is early $6 favourite.
Following her in the Doncaster markets are two other Group 1 winning three-year-olds.
On the second line of betting is Ron Leemon’s Golden Rose hero Manawanui at $9, the Oratorio gelding having had a soft trial at Warwick Farm on January 17 ahead of likely first-up run in the $175,000 Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at the same track on February 18.
Third favourite at a Luxbet quote of $11 is then Guy Walter’s Stratum filly Streama, winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) by a commanding six lengths last time out at Randwick back on October 1.
Streama had her first trial of the season at Randwick on Friday morning running dead last behind the John O’Shea-trained Elite Falls.
It was a quiet hitout for Streama whose resuming run is penciled in as the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), also running at Warwick Farm on February 18.
Should Atlantic Jewel, Streama or any other three-year-old filly go on to salute in the Doncaster, they would be the first of their age and sex to do so since the magnificent Sunline back in 1999.
Other notable fancies in the futures Doncaster Mile 2012 odds include Gai Waterhouse’s five-time Group 1 glamour mare More Joyous ($15 Luxbet) and the Grahame Begg-trained Secret Admirer ($15 Luxbet).
Dubawi four-year-old Secret Admirer broke a lengthy hoodoo of her kind when she won last year’s Epsom Handicap, defeating subsequent Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker, making her the first mare to do so since 1976.
Last seen running a brave third to Albert The Fat and King’s Rose in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5, a Doncaster success this autumn would see Secret Admirer enter the history books as the first ever Epsom – Doncaster double winning mare.
Meanwhile reigning Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice is only rated a $35 chance through Luxbet to go back-to-back, while last year’s runner-up Love Conquers All is at a much shorter $17.
As Sunline went on to became a dual Doncaster Mile winner three years later taking out the 2002 edition, Sacred Choice will be out this year to become the only other mare to win multiple editions of the race in history.
Joining Love Conquers All at a Doncaster price of $17 are the likes of the Peter Moody-trained King’s Rose, Chris Waller’s injury-plagued champ Rangirangdoo and Cox Plate third placegetter Rekindled Interest.
See below for the full 2012 Doncaster Mile all-in futures odds available at Luxbet.
Prices are set to firm over the coming weeks with the first acceptances taken on Tuesday March 13.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the latest Doncaster Mile field and betting updates.