Williams Taken With Cox Plate Hope’s Commanding Trial

August 20, 2013

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Williams Taken With Cox Plate Hope’s Commanding Trial

Ace hoop Craig Williams is even more excited about the first-up chances of resuming mare Commanding Jewel this weekend after partnering with the 2013 Cox Plate-bound champ in a Tuesday morning hitout in Melbourne.

Craig Williams

Craig Williams is excited to partner with Commanding Jewel first-up in Saturday's Carlyon Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Leon Corstens-trained daughter of Commands is set to make her four-year-old debut on Saturday at Moonee Valley in the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) racing for the first time since her emphatic three length win in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) last October.

Having overcome the injuries that ruled her out of an autumn prep, Commanding Jewel proved she was fit and ready to return with her smart hitout at the Moonee Valley track over 800m this morning.

In the jumpout Commanding Jewel, raced without the blinkers she will don in the Carylon, was ridden by Williams who replaces the suspended Damien Oliver in the saddle on Saturday.

Williams was full of praise for the Group 1 winner after riding her in the solid piece of work which she completed in 50.5 seconds including a final 400m time of 23.9 seconds.

“Leon asked me to give her a really good half-mile gallop and she really solid inside the last 600,” Williams told Racing Victoria.

“She pulled up she had a nice blow. That will really put her in good stead for Saturday’s 1000-metre race.

“She’s a lovely horse to ride, she felt really smooth this morning and it was good to get a feel of her.”

While pleased with her chances this weekend, Williams won’t be staying on Commanding Jewel throughout her entire spring prep once Oliver is back.

He has however been booked for her second-up run in the $220,000 Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 7.

Her campaign is targeted around a shot at Australasia’s weight-for-age championship with the $3 million Group 1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) to run at Moonee Valley on Saturday October 26.

Corstens may have harboured doubts over her ability to last the mile leading up to her Guineas win last season, but her now believes 2040m of the Cox Plate isn’t out of her reach.

“Even though she was won the 1000 Guineas, I thought she was probably too brilliant to,” he said.

“But she seems to have great a mannerism to say that she would be able to relax if they wanted to get out to a distance.”

Not having raced in so long, and with so many more experienced weight-for-age stars in the mix, Commanding Jewel is only rated a $41 outsider in the latest Cox Plate odds.

Markets meanwhile are led by 2011 Thousand Guineas winner Atlantic Jewel, a three-quarter sister to Commanding Jewel, who is equal $6.50 favourite along with crack Kiwi galloper It’s A Dundeel and Melbourne Cup top fancy Puissance De Lune who’ll likely run in the Cox Plate leading up to their run in the ‘race that stops a nation’ in November.

To back your favourites for the spring majors at their generous futures prices today head over to bookmaker.com.au.

Don’t have a boomaker.com.au account? It only takes two minutes to sign-up and when you do make sure you use the exclusive code word BONUSBET which will unlock a bonus welcome bet valued up to $500!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field