Futures markets for the Doncaster Mile 2012 at Royal Randwick next month are set for a shake-up with the current top elects Atlantic Jewel and Mosheen likely to bypass the handicap clash.
In the latest markets for the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m), set to run at Randwick on April 21, Mark Kavanagh’s Thousand Guineas winning filly Atlantic Jewel is the narrow $7 favourite over Australian – Rosehill Guineas double winner Mosheen ($7.50) through bookmaker.com.au.
With Atlantic Jewel unlikely to be ready for the testing mile feature in time, and Mosheen more likely to step up in distance to tackle either the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 14 or the $550,000 Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks (2400m) on Doncaster Day, the bookies will have a reshuffle on their hands.
Former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Kavanagh made the announcement that his Fastnet Rock filly Atlantic Jewel, last seen winning the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) by a convincing seven lengths at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day before which she put three lengths on Mosheen to win the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield, was still a while off a race return.
“She’s not ready to go back to the racetrack yet,” he said.
“She’ll have another jump out on Friday and probably race a fortnight after that.
“Things are going well, but it is a time factor and then there’s the rain.
“If it continues to be too wet in Sydney, I’m not sure what we’ll do.”
Kavanagh named the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 14 or the $175,000 Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) against her own sex at the same meeting as possible first-up runs for Atlantic Jewel, but she would then have to back-up just seven days later if she was to make the Doncaster Mile field.
Current third favourite for the Doncaster at a quote of $11 is Manawanui, Ron Leemon’s Golden Rose hero having faded in the finish last Saturday to cross one and a half lengths off Mosheen in fifth in the Randwick Guineas.
If connections keep to a Doncaster path with the Oratorio gelding, and without the brilliant Mosheen in the picture, Manawanui is likely to be installed as the new favourite.
Other top-rated chances in the Doncaster Mile odds at bookmaker.com.au include Epsom Handicap winner Secret Admirer ($13) who runs in the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill this Saturday, the Chris Waller-trained Shoot Out ($13) last seen winning the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes over the Warwick Farm mile, fellow Coolmore hopeful Streama ($14) and surprise Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com ($16).
To view the full 2012 Doncaster Mile betting odds and options head to our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au today.