Glamour mare Atlantic Jewel recorded her ninth straight victory with the utmost of ease in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley today.
Atlantic Jewel travelled comfortably in fourth position and when asked for an extra effort hit the front with 400 metres left to run before cantering home to record an incredibly easy victory from Oasis Bloom and Oriental Ruby.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh was clearly happy with the performance and attacked his critics that questioned his decision to run the daughter of Fastnet Rock in the Stocks Stakes rather than the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) later in the day.
“That was just a little course proper gallop wasn’t in,” Kavanagh said after the race.
“She is certainly a special horse.
“There is still plenty of improvement in her – her target is the Cox Plate so she will be ready that day.
“She was always going to the Stocks Stakes.
“We want her to keep coming back to the races as much as we can and we want to keep her in good order.
“It was just a no-brainer, I couldn’t understand how anyone would even criticize or question me.
“I thought it was ridiculous.”
Jockey Michael Rodd did not have to do much in the victory and said that the five-year-old had come on in fitness from her dominant first-up win in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago.
“Her fitness has definitely come on and I think everybody knew that was going to be the way she was going to win today.
“At the 600 when everybody is starting to move into it and they are under pressure she hasn’t changed gears yet.
“She has a real high cruising speed and she puts them away quickly.
“Today was obviously an easier way to come for her, to look after her, but it isn’t going to get any easier from now on in.”
Rodd said that it is a thrill to ride such a classy horse but admits that he feels the pressure to keep the injury-plagued mare sound every time that he rides her.
“She is a bugger for a shying at things and you have the car following you down on the inside and all the sponsor stuff there.
“I would hate for her to shy badly and do some sort of damage.
“I am always both hands on the steering wheel and just trying to keep her going forward without darting off the track.”
Atlantic Jewel is expected to have her next start in either the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield next Saturday or the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
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2013 Stocks Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||–||2||57kg||$1.06F|
|2||3||OASIS BLOOM||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Steven Arnold||2.5L||3||57kg||$21|
|3||4||ORIENTAL RUBY||Gerard Moloney||Nicholas Hall||4.25L||1||57kg||$41|
|4||5||BONNE NUIT||Barry Fox||Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a)||5.25L||6||57kg||$101|
|5||6||AVA’S DELIGHT||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||8.5L||4||56.5kg||$26|
|6||8||KEYARNA BLUE (NZ)||Pat Hyland||Michael Walker||8.6L||5||56.5kg||$71|