Atlantic Jewel on track for Cox Plate 2012
Mark Kavanagh could hardly be more modest when it comes to discussing the horse he has turned into one of the best in Australia and most valuable in the world.
The trainer has guided Atlantic Jewel to seven victories from as many starts and to a point where she is one of the most valuable thoroughbred mares in the world.
But as she approaches the start of her four-year-old season, he is as modest as she is talented.
“She trains herself, really,” Kavanagh said.
“I put the saddle on and point her in the right direction.
“But she does most of it, she’s a dream.”
Atlantic Jewel is a daughter of Fastnet Rock, a son of the mighty Danehill and is from a Zabeel mare who won two of her only three starts.
But her impeccable pedigree and racing record are further enhanced by the opportunities her owners, the Irish-based Coolmore Stud, can provide her when she retires.
Coolmore owns a collection of the finest thoroughbred stallions in the world and Atlantic Jewel is likely to have the pick of them.
A resultant colt foal could be worth a small fortune in the sale ring and a large one when he, in turn, goes to the stud.
With her future beyond the racetrack in mind, Kavanagh is not rushing into a spring program with Atlantic Jewel, except to say it will conclude with the $3 million Cox Plate (2040m).
“I’ll be sitting down with the Coolmore guys this weekend to have a talk about a program,” he said.
“But the Cox Plate is there for her.
“She’s won at her only attempt at Moonee Valley and she won her only run at 2000 metres by seven lengths.”
Kavanagh said Atlantic Jewel had made a quick recovery from her short autumn campaign and had put on 25kg since.
“She’s a little stronger but much more athletic,” he said.
The most likely choice for a return to racing is the Group Two Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1.