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Commanding Jewel will not feature in the 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival after suffering a joint injury.
The three-year-old was in work to prepare for her upcoming autumn campaign when the injury occurred.
Managing owner Brad Spicer confirmed that while the joint issue was frustrating, it was not too serious.
“She has tweaked a joint and will need a little bit of an operation,” Spicer said.
“It’s nothing serious but it’s a shame because we deliberately gave her a light spring to concentrate on the autumn.”
The Commands filly has won three of her five race starts and has earned more than $400,000 in prize money during her short racing career.
Commanding Jewel’s biggest win came last start when she won the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October last year.
Prior to that, she had placed in the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes.
Commanding Jewel’s half-sister, Atlantic Jewel, is also out of the 2013 Autumn Carnival due to a tendon injury.
Spicer is confident that Commanding Jewel will be back to her best in time for a big Spring Carnival campaign later this year.
“She was about four weeks into her preparation and Leon was just about to up the ante with her,” he said.
“Thankfully the injury isn’t long-term and she will be back for the spring.”
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