Injured Atlantic Jewel Out of 2013 Cox Plate

Just hours after shortening in the markets due to her ideal barrier draw, hot favourite Atlantic Jewel has officially been scratched form the Cox Plate 2013 field due to a tendon injury.

Atlantic Jewel

Atlantic Jewel has been scratched from the 2013 Cox Plate field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Mark Kavanagh-trained mare was looking the horse to beat in this year’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) after her blistering four length victory in the Caulfield Stakes over the distance (2000m) last start.

A mare whose stellar career has been restricted to just 11 starts due to ongoing tendon issues, Atlantic Jewel was to shoot for Group 1 win number five in the Cox Plate.

There were no reported issues from camp Kavanagh at the 2013 Cox Plate barrier draw in Melbourne this morning, the injury only just occurring in the past hour.

Kavanagh advised Racing Victoria stewards that he was withdrawing the Cox Plate star around 11am (AEST) after she was found to have an off fore tendon injury after cooling off from a gallop.

There was swelling in the lower sheath of a flexor tendon in her off side foreleg, ruling out a Cox Plate bid.

Scans then confirmed the damage, with Kavanagh saying he would be resting the mare with a decision on her future to be made by connections over the coming weeks.

There is a chance that because of her previous history of tendon injuries, retirement may be considered for Atlantic Jewel.

As it stands she has had 11 starts for 10 wins and a second winning $1,587,925 in prize money.

The shock Cox Plate scratching paves the way for the first emergency Shamus Award to gain a run from their gun barrier three draw.

That means two three-year-olds will be in the Cox Plate field this year with the Danny O’Brien-trained Caulfield Guineas third placegetter to face off against their last start winner, Peter Snowden’s Guineas hero Long John on the weekend.

It seems Cox Plate betting markets will now be dominated by the likes of Atlantic Jewel’s last start conqueror It’s A Dundeel, Melbourne Cup-bound Puissance De Lune and the Gai Waterhouse-trained stayer Fiorente.

Stay tuned to for more updates.

Our preferred online bookie are also set to release the updated Cox Plate odds shortly so make sure you’ve signed up with them and ready to go!

Updated 2013 Cox Plate Field

Moonee Valley Race 10 – 26/10/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2171x44x59 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Brett Prebble 12 59kg 118
2 x9903x5741 HAPPY TRAILS Byron Cozamanis Dwayne Dunn 2 59kg 118
3 1x42x3x614 FIORENTE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 15 59kg 115
4 71522×8102 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Craig Newitt 9 59kg 116
5 226x44x73x SIDE GLANCE (GB) Andrew Balding Craig Williams 1 59kg 115
6 4x052x0091 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Hugh Bowman 10 59kg 115
7 25x0300x20 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Mark Zahra 6 59kg 113
8 211x1x1272 PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE) Darren Weir 8 59kg 115
9 x73948x032 MASKED MARVEL (GB) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 5 59kg 111
10 4211x1528x MULL OF KILLOUGH (IRE) Jane Chapple-Hyam Steven Arnold 4 59kg 115
11 7x41112x41 IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ) Murray Baker James McDonald 13 57.5kg 121
12 2x311x3493 SUPER COOL Mark Kavanagh Corey Brown 14 57.5kg 118
13 11x11x1121 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 7 57kg 122
14 111×3131 LONG JOHN Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 49.5kg 115
15e 3x352x2723 SHAMUS AWARD Danny O’Brien Chad Schofield (a) 3 49.5kg 109