Atlantic Jewel ready for racetrack returnTrainer Mark Kavanagh is unfazed by the prospect of star mare Atlantic Jewel losing her unbeaten record, in Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
A leg injury has sidelined the daughter of Fastnet Rock since her win in the All Aged Stakes in April 2012, and Kavanagh’s only hope is that she comes through the run unscathed.
“I believe that she’s a hundred percent right,” said Kavanagh.
“You never know with those sorts of injuries but I wouldn’t be sending her to the races if I didn’t think she was a hundred percent.
“I expect that she should run a good race and I’m hoping she pulls up sound and goes forward for the spring.”
Atlantic Jewel’s spring goal is the Cox Plate, so Kavanagh expects her to improve markedly of whatever she does first up.
“Right now we haven’t got her totally cranked up, she’s no Black Caviar sprinter horse, she’s getting ready for a 2000m race.
“I’ve never lost sight of the big picture, and the big picture’s in October.”
Kavanagh is convinced the winner of seven races from as many starts can recapture her best form and become one of the headlines horses of the Spring Racing Carnival.
“This isn’t a normal horse, you don’t get them like that very often who knows what she’s going to do?
“There’s no other horses like her, she is special,” said the veteran trainer.