The non-acceptance of last start Underwood Stakes champ It’s A Dundeel has left Mark Kavanagh’s star mare Atlantic Jewel with just five rivals to defeat in Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes 2013 in Melbourne.
The triple Group 1 winning Fastnet Rock mare has scared off the bulk of the season’s weight-for-age hopes with a diminutive field left to take on Atlantic Jewel in the $400,000 Group 1 Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on the weekend.
The lightly-raced five-year-old suffered her only defeat to date at start number 10 on September 21 when going down by a flare of the nose to It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).
With Murray Baker’s top Kiwi ruled out of round two due to a hoof abscess however, the Caulfield Stakes trophy looks Atlantic Jewel’s for the taking.
Drawn in gate six with Michael Rodd retaining the ride, the duo will look to bounce back into the winners stall and take her number of turf triumphs into double figures ahead of the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 26.
Atlantic Jewel is already the short-priced Cox Plate betting favourite and is sure to start odds-on for the Caulfield Stakes.
Kavanagh will also be shooting for the Caulfield Stakes quinella this year as he saddles up Atlantic Jewel’s stablemate Super Cool in the race as well.
A Group 1 winner at three in the autumn’s Australian Cup over 2000m, Super Cool came back on August 31 with a nice third behind Atlantic Jewel in the Memsie Stakes.
Next run was a fourth to Fiorente in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes before something went amiss in last weekend’s Turnbull Stakes when they ran ninth to Happy Trails in their first run back over 2000m at Flemington since their Cup success.
The next best rated Caulfield Stakes hope after Atlantic Jewel meanwhile is the Lloyd Williams-owned, Robert Hickmott-trained reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon.
The seven-year-old Montjeu stallion hasn’t won a race since the Melbourne Cup nearly 12 months ago, and will be looking to improve on their Underwood ninth.
Singapore-based hoop Brett Prebble, back home for the spring, continues his association on the veteran stayer this weekend, Green Moon jumping from barrier one.
Williams will also be represented in the Caulfield Stakes this year by Irish import Massiyn in gate two with Hugh Bowman booked for the ride.
The Zamindar five-year-old ran second to Royal Diamond in the Irish St Leger (2800m) back in September but were 12th of 12 in their Australian debut at Moonee Valley when racing over an unsuitably short 1500m on August 24.
Rounding out the small Caulfield Stakes field are then the David Hayes-trained seven-year-old Spacecraft (barrier four) and Chris Waller’s recent Makybe Diva Stakes winner Foreteller (barrier five) looking to bounce back after a 12th in the Underwood.
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2013 Caulfield Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 6 – 3:10pm (AEST) – 12/10/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2171x44x59||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||1||59kg||116|
|2||171522×810||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||5||59kg||112|
|3||x701234628||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||4||59kg||98|
|4||6x11222x0||MASSIYN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||2||59kg||100|
|5||12x311x349||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Glen Boss||3||58kg||112|
|6||111x11x112||ATLANTIC JEWEL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||6||57kg||117|