Trainer Mark Kavanagh has admitted that Atlantic Jewel will not be fully ‘cranked up’ when she returns from an eighteen month injury lay-off in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
While Kavanagh is confident that the wonder mare is completely injury free and can return to the form she exhibited as a three-year-old, he told Racing Victoria today that he is looking at the big picture – the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26 – with the daughter of Fastnet Rock.
“At this stage I believe she’s 100 percent right,” Kavanagh said.
You never know with those sorts of injuries but I wouldn’t be sending her to the races if I didn’t think she was 100 percent.
“We haven’t got her totally cranked up.
“She’s no Black Caviar sprinter horse, she’s getting ready for a 2000-metre race, so it would be foolish to have her totally cranked up for her first-up run.
“I’ve never lost sight of the big picture and the big picture’s in October.”
Kavanagh has worked tirelessly getting Atlantic Jewel back to racing fitness, after it appeared that her racing career would be over when she suffered a serious tendon injury in the lead-up to the 2012 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and he is clearly excited to see his hard work pay off when the five-year-old returns to the races this weekend.
“The excitement levels are pretty good right now but I expect to be wound up on raceday,” the Flemington-based trainer said.
“We’ve done everything we can, so we’ll wait and see what happens now.”
Atlantic Jewel will improve her record to an impressive eight wins from as many starts if she is victorious in the Memsie Stakes on Saturday.
She will be returning to Caulfield for the first time since her breakthrough victory in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) during the 2011 Spring Racing Carnival and will be making her first race appearance in Melbourne since her dominant seven lengths win in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) on Victoria Derby Day in the same year.
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