Undefeated mare Atlantic Jewel is no certainty to make her much anticipated return to the racing in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Melbourne Racing Club confirmed this morning that the star-studded Memsie Stakes will be held as the final race on the card at Caulfield this weekend, which has Atlantic Jewel’s owners Coolmore concerned that the track may be damaged at the end of what is set to be a big day of racing with capacity fields expected for all eight races on the card.
Sky Racing Journalist Andrew Bensley broke the news on Twitter this morning and indicated that although fine weather is expected in Melbourne on Saturday trainer Mark Kavanagh and Coolmore believe that the sheer number of horses could damage the racing surface before the Memsie Stakes takes place at 4.50pm.
Kavanagh will discuss the issue with the Coolmore Team by a phone hook-up tonight with the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) looming as a possible alternative if they choose not to run the daughter of Fastnet Rock in the Memsie Stakes.
Atlantic Jewel has not been seen at the races since her victory in the 2012 Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) during the 2012 Autumn Racing Carnival, with a career-threatening tendon injury ruling the glamour mare out of the 2012 Spring Racing Carnival and the 2013 Autumn Racing Carnival.
Even if Kavanagh and Coolmore decide not to run Atlantic Jewel in the recently upgraded Memsie Stakes it is still set to be one of the most exciting races of the season with a number of leading chances for the feature races this spring, including Fiorente, Super Cool and It’s A Dundeel, all expected to take their places in the field.