Atlantic Jewel Doubtful For Cox Plate Run Despite Thousand Guineas Win

By: Sarah Fortnum
October 12th, 2011
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Atlantic Jewel on her way to a commanding win in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield

Atlantic Jewel has proven her class with a dominant win in the $500,000 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield this afternoon.

The three-year-old filly won the race by three lengths ahead of Mosheen and Sharnee Rose.

Trainer Mark Kavanagh was lost for words following the race.

“These (horses) don’t come along very often,” he said.

“She can do many things that I haven’t seen horses do before.”

Kavanagh was still adamant that they would opt not pay the $130,000 late entry fee to gain a run in the $3 million Cox Plate later this month.

“No, she’s a good filly we don’t want to gut here,” Kavanagh said.

“She’s something else and we probably should give her a chance to get there (by giving her a break).

“(But) we’ll wait and see and discuss it with the owners and see how we go.”

Co-owner and Coolmore Australia general manager Michael Kirwan was thrilled with his filly’s win.

“You don’t see too many fillies doing what she’s done today,” Kirwan said.

“She’s special.

“We’re very partial to these Fastnet Rock (horses).

“There (were) good fillies in that race… so credit to all the others.”

Michael Rodd was the jockey to guide Atlantic Jewel to her fourth career win.

“She’s freakish,” Ross said.

“She came out of the barriers really well.

“I just waited until we got around the back there to the half mile.

“I was able to get over one off the fence beside Mosheen.

“Then I just put the brakes on and I thought the race was over.”

Rodd insists that Atlantic Jewel’s true ability is yet to be tested.

“When I give a squeeze she goes that quick you think she’s going to do herself a serious injury,” he said.

Today’s Thousand Guineas win has elevated Atlantic Jewel’s prize money almost $400,000.

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