If sidelined star Atlantic Jewel does make a successful comeback to the racetrack, it won’t be at either the the 2013 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival or the 2013 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Despite scans of the mare’s off-fore tendon giving her the all-clear, there is no guarantee the unbeaten mare will return to racing and if she does it won’t be until at least the 2013 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh told News Limited the four-year-old will return to his stables in a few weeks for light duties designed to strengthen the tendon which she injured and subsequently ruled her out of last year’s Spring Carnival.
“There is nothing set in stone. She’s a work in progress and if she was to race again it wouldn’t be until next spring,” Kavanagh said.
Given her outstanding record and pedigree, Atlantic Jewel is a highly lucrative stud prospect and connections will be unwilling to take any risks with the daughter of Fastnet Rock.
Atlantic Jewel was the pre-post Cox Plate favourite before being her spring hopes were cruelled by injury after she confirmed her status as one of the country’s most talented gallopers in a brief autumn campaign.
The then three-year-old won the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes first-up at Randwick before claiming Group 1 honours in the All Aged Stakes.
It came on the back of a debut campaign in the spring of 2011 where she scored five convincing wins.
She had the racing world buzzing when winning the Group 1 Thousand Guineas by three lengths and then went on to win the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes by an astonishing seven lengths.
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