Whether or not star mare Atlantic Jewel will race again will be known in October after scans indicated she may be able to recover from a tendon problem.
The unbeaten four-year-old suffered an injury to her off-fore leg three weeks ago which saw owners Coolmore send scans overseas for examination.
Coolmore General Manager Michael Kirwan said this morning that scans revealed the problem was not serious enough to consider immediate retirement.
“The scans were sent overseas and assessed by a couple of experts in the game and they have come back and said to us that it is an injury that is obviously a tendon injury,” Kirwan said.
“It is a serious injury but not serious enough to retire the mare.”
But Kirwan said it is not guaranteed that the daughter of Fastnet Rock has a future in racing and confirmed they would make a decision in late October after she undergoes a rehabilitation program.
“We are going to put her on a rehabilitation regime and reassess her at the end of October,” he said.
“The end of October will tell us exactly where we are. If it has not healed as well as we would have expected then we will possibly retire her.”
Before her campaign-ending injury Atlantic Jewel was favourite for both the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup after proving to be one the best horses in the country in her seven starts.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained four-year-old was one of the stars last spring when she won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) in dominant fashion.
She returned in the autumn in similar style to score convincing wins in both the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes.
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