Atlantic Jewel's racetrack domination occurred at a time David Hayes was going through what he calls his 'quiet patch', so he didn't have any horses that were denied by the former champion filly.
It didn't stop the Hall of Fame trainer appreciating the Mark Kavanagh-trained filly's greatness.
Hayes, who trains in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, is therefore delighted to have been chosen to train the first of Atlantic Jewel's progeny, who recently landed in Australia as part of a bulk purchase by Yulong Investments.
Empireofthedragon, an unraced three-year-old colt by Northern Hemisphere time, is by Galileo out of the Fastnet Rock mare who won 10 of her 11 starts, including the Thousand Guineas (1600m), All Aged Stakes (1400m), Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Group 1 level.
"It's blue-chip breeding and if you can convert to the racetrack then you could have anything," Hayes said.
"I haven't worked with him yet, but I'm really excited to be working with him in the new year.
"I didn't have a lot racing against Atlantic Jewel, but I certainly admired her because she was owned by a lot of my friends. She was the best of her generation, just a brilliant filly."
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Atlantic Jewel, who was raced by Coolmore, was exported to Ireland after her racing career ended in 2013, and is part of the 20-strong draft that Yulong has acquired from Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle operation, as revealed by Thoroughbred Daily News Australia and New Zealand on Thursday.
All up, Yulong - which is owned by Yusheng Zhang - purchased 26 horses from Europe as they strive to increase their presence in Australia.
Empireofthedragon is one of 12 products of Galileo, sire of globe-trotting superstar and now Swettenham Stud resident Highland Reel, and Australian Group 1 winners including Adelaide, The United States, Linton and Foundry.
One of the Yulong acquisitions, High Chief, is a brother to the latter, winner of The Metropolitan at Randwick in 2017.
Victory Salute (brother to Bondi Beach), who has had five starts for one win, and Lone Soldier (brother to Kingfisher) are relations to O'Brien-trained horses who contested the Melbourne Cup.
The best-performed of the Yulong draft is Land Force, who won the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in August.
The son of No Nay Never, who is a half-brother to American Group 1 winner Photo Call, will be trained in Sydney by Peter and Paul Snowden.
Yulong's Northern Hemisphere draft (Southern Hemisphere age in brackets):
By Galileo (12): Druids Glen (3), Eaton Place (3), El Greco (4), Empireofthedragon (4), Gorky Park (3), Hadrian's Wall (3), High Chief (3), London Town (3), Lone Soldier (3), Memphis (3), T S Elliot (3), Victory Salute (4).
Scat Daddy (5): Bechstein (3), Giottino (3), Mount Tabora (3), Murillo (4), Symphony Orchestra (3).
Invincible Spirit (3): Ancient Spirit (4), Indigo Balance (3), Invincible Karma (4).
Camelot (1): Sir Preceval (3).
Fast Company (1): Rockin Roy (3).
Magician (1): Cardini (3).
No Nay Never (1): Land Force (3).
Shamardal (1): Cascavelle (5).
Society Rock (1): Black Society (3).