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After suffering from an inflamed near hind leg, Leon Corsten’s luckless mare Commanding Jewel has been ruled out of her first Group 1 of the season and won’t be among the Sir Rupert Clarke Stake 2013 nominations for Sunday in Melbourne.
A three quarter sister to superstar Atlantic Jewel who suffered her first defeat at the hands of Kiwi champion It’s A Dundeel in the Underwood Stakes over the weekend, Commands four-year-old Commanding Jewel was to race third-up in the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend.
She’s been treated by a vet for her minor leg injury however, discovered by Corstens on Sunday morning, and cannot contest the handicap feature.
“The vet treated her so she can’t run on Sunday,” Corstens told the Herald Sun.
“We had her scanned and the vet seems to think she may have tweaked a hamstring.”
Commanding Jewel would likely have jumped one of the top chances too having won the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on September 7 in just her second run back from a more serious injury enforced 10 month layoff.
The Kyneton-based Corstens though is keeping his chin up and hopes to have her back to race fitness fully recovered for a shot at the $400,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m), also run at Caulfield, on October 12.
“Hopefully with the treatment it will be as good as gold and with her residual race fitness we won’t miss much work and we can still get her up to the mark for the Toorak Handicap,” Corstens said of last year’s Thousand Guineas winner.
“She is a valuable mare but I’d like to think we have plenty of racing left in her.”
Her major aim this time in then is still the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26, betting on the weight-for-age classic led by the easing Atlantic Jewel at $3.30 and the firming It’s A Dundeel at $3.80.
Corsten’s mare meanwhile can be found much further down the Cox Plate odds at $51.
As for Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes there’s still plenty of talented gallopers heading towards a run including reigning Toorak Handicap winner Solzhenitsyn and the Mark Kavanagh-trained duo of December Draw and Australian Guineas third placegetter Sheer Talent.
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