2013 Caulfield Stakes Field – Atlantic Jewel Scares off Rivals

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.

Atlantic Jewel

Atlantic Jewel looks set for victory over a small 2013 Caulfield Stakes field on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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