A field of top class three-year-old fillies is set to face off in the Atlantic Jewel Stakes 2015 at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes Day this weekend in Melbourne, two of the final acceptors battling for favouritism in the early markets.
A capacity line-up is engaged for the $120,000 Listed Telstra Phonewords Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m), which runs as Moonee Valley Race 5 at 2:45pm (AEST), including Peter Moody’s returning Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl.
Despite a wide barrier 12 draw, that will become gate 10 if the two emergencies fail to gain a start in the 14-starter field, the daughter of Savabeel heads the Atlantic Jewel Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.40 to post her fourth win from five starts.
Her only loss to date was a fourth to Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in early April, which followed two black-type wins to kick off her career at Flemington.
Pasadena Girl was last seen racing on April 18 in Sydney’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) where she thrived over the mile for the elite level victory.
Hot on her heels in the latest Atlantic Jewel Stakes betting markets for this weekend though is another widely-drawn filly, Stay With Me at $4.60.
Dwayne Dunn retains the ride on the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained daughter of Street Cry who blew her rivals away on August 20 in a maiden on the synthetic track at Pakenham to win by four and a half lengths.
That was a nice confidence boosting win for the up-and-comer who ran second to Pasadena Girl on debut in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) back in February before a fifth to subsequent Golden Slipper runner-up English in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) the next month.
Outside the top two the next best filly in betting for Saturday’s set weights plus penalties clash and the only other single figure hope is Badawiya ($7.50).
Mick Price prepares the daughter of Al Maher who comes off a maiden-breaking win over 1200m from August 15 at Murtoa.
She is up in black-type company for the first time, but the seven lengths she put on her closest rival for the win last time out was more than enough to suggest she’s got class that will hold up throughout the spring.
The early Atlantic Jewel Stakes market mover meanwhile is Don’t Doubt Marley ($11 into $10) who Damian Lane rides for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths.
The Not A Single Doubt filly has won two of her three starts to date and was far from disgraced last time out on August 15 at Caulfield when crossing two lengths away fourth behind Petits Filous in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m).
At the same price to win the Atlantic Jewel are the likes of Jameka ($10), the rails-drawn Sagaronne ($10) and the resuming Sweet Redemption ($10).
The Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka was last seen winning the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in mid-March and will improve on whatever she does from her awkward barrier (13) this weekend.
Sagaronne meanwhile has the inside run from gate one if jockey Craig Williams wants it aboard the Toby Edmonds-trained Gold Coast raider, the daughter of Real Saga a dual winner and Group 1 runner-up thanks to her brave second to Press Statement in the JJ Atkins (1600m) in Brisbane during the winter.
Sweet Redemption is also first-up on Dato’ Day, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel filly’s last start being a 1200m win in the wet at Canterbury with two subsequent winning trials in Sydney leading up to her Melbourne debut on Saturday.
Check out the full Atlantic Jewel Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and latest Fixed Win odds in the table below – prices courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on every race 40 minutes from jump across the Melbourne card on Saturday!