Mark Kavanagh’s spruik filly Atlantic Jewel is now a dual Group 1 winner after her effortless win in the All Aged Stakes 2012 at Randwick’s Sydney Cup Day this afternoon and could be Cox Plate-bound during the spring.
The undefeated daughter of Fastnet Rock was the odds-on favourite at $1.14 through our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au to win but it was still a test for Atlantic Jewel as she faced a very good horse in the consistent Rain Affair under weight-for-age conditions the $400,000 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).
Winner of last year’s Thousand Guineas in Melbourne Atlantic Jewel further improved her claims as the country’s leading three-year-old filly, rated even more highly in the eyes of many than four time Group 1 champion Mosheen, today’s success her seventh from as many career starts.
After injuring herself following a seven length romp in the Wakeful Stakes last spring Atlantic Jewel scored a devastating four length win first-up in the Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at fortnight ago.
She continued that form today over the extra 200-metres doing a marvelous job to run down the Joe Pride-trained Rain Affair and win.
Four-year-old Commands gelding Rain Affair and Atlantic Jewel were the best two out of the gates, the former holding the early advantage while the favourite was poised in second.
Rain Affair loped along setting a slow pace before their hoop Christian Reith let them out mid-race so they strode away to lead by three or four over the filly.
Atlantic Jewel was doing the chasing but her jockey Michael Rodd didn’t panic and held off until the final couple of hundred metres.
With 300 metres left to travel Rain Affair had a big break on her, Rodd getting the whip out.
When asked, Atlantic Jewel answered and while there wasn’t much in it on the line she put her head in front and got home half a length clear of the gallant runner-up.
It was a photo to determine the All Aged Stakes trifecta with Ron Quinton’s Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican narrowly getting there ahead of the Chris Waller-trained Albert The Fat.
The All Aged Stakes winner may not have done it by a big margin but that took nothing away with just how special an effort it was.
Having done all the chasing Atlantic Jewel finished 0.32 seconds outside the race record and the horse she ran down was terrific.
“I think she’s done pretty good effort they’ve run pretty good time she’s on the improve he’s a tough old fella Rain Affair,” Kavanagh said after the win.
“They don’t have to win by much do they?
“It’s her first test at weight-for-age, her first test against the boys and she’s had to work.
“She’s done that well. She knows how to win.”
When asked about what the future held Kavanagh said he would be speaking to her connections but that Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in October, was the obvious target.
“I do (look forward to future) and will certainly be making sure she’s okay tonight,” Kavangh said.
“She’ll go to the paddock now then come back for the spring.
“I’m sure that we’ll discuss that (a Cox Plate bid) with the Coolmore clan later tonight.
“We’ve just got to map out the right campaign for her and put her in the right racers but that (the Cox Plate) is certainly on the agenda.”
An emotional Kavanagh couldn’t contain himself and was reduced to tears in the end when asked what made her so special.
Rodd agreed that Atlantic Jewel was a star who worked for her dinner today.
“It wasn’t ideal with King Mufhasa out of the race it took the donkey out that we were going to trail up behind,” he said.
“She began brilliantly I was able to get her straight away from the fence.
“There was just a massive effort for her to do that.
“She kept pinging home, we know there’ something there when we ask her.
“This was her toughest test and she’s done it”
Atlantic Jewel, purchased for $320,000 from the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales, has now won $922,925 in prize money and is getting closer and closer to becoming Australian racing’s latest millionaire.
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2012 All Aged Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Royal Randwick Race 5 – 28/04/2012
|1||7||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||–||1||54.5kg||$1.12F|
|2||3||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||Christian Reith||1.3L||6||59kg||$7.50|
|3||6||OFCOURSEICAN||Ron Quinton||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1.8L||4||57kg||$61|
|4||2||ALBERT THE FAT||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.1L||3||59kg||$61|
|5||4||HAPPY ZERO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||3.1L||2||59kg||$81|
|6||5||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Blake Shinn||5.9L||5||59kg||$201|
|–||1||KING MUFHASA (NZ)||Stephen Mckee||Nash Rawiller||–||0||–||–|