Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel has made a promising return to work and could feature in the 2013 Doncaster Mile.
The Leon Corstens-trained filly’s exact autumn schedule is yet to be known but it is believed she will race over 1200m in Melbourne before heading to Sydney to tackle bigger events such as the Doncaster.
A daughter of Commands, the three-year-old has reportedly strengthened up considerably during her time in the spelling paddock and “looks absolutely” terrific according to Corstens.
“She looks a hell of a lot stronger than what she was, I reckon she’s put on between 30 or 40 kilos,” Corstens told Racing Victoria.
The exciting youngster attracted plenty of hype in the spring, partly due to being a three-quarter sister to the unbeaten Atlantic Jewel, and mostly justified it through a series of impressive results.
She set the hype machine into overdrive with her first barrier trial, winning by 12 lengths at Wangaratta.
Commanding Jewel then convincingly won the first two starts of her career before placing in both the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes.
But on the day when it all counted in her major spring target of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, the performance lived up to the hype when she was ridden quietly by Damien Oliver before exploding down the Caulfield straight to claim a three-length victory in the $500,000 event.
While the Doncaster is in the sights of the rising galloper, she is also likely to be aimed at the Group 1 2013 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for fillies and mares.
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