The coming weeks will be vital to the return to the race track for another valuable mare, and track star, with the news that Atlantic Jewel will be under a rehabilitation programme until the end of October, and if her tendon injury has not responded she will be retired and mated this breeding season.
Earlier this week it was revealed by trainer Peter Moody that he would evaluate champion sprinter Black Caviar in his stable through September to test her desire to return to the track after her return from her successful Royal Ascot campaign in June. If she does not display the zest required then Moody will recommend to connections that the mare be retired to stud.
Atlantic Jewel was sent back to the majority shareholder’s Coolmore Stud from trainer Mark Kavanagh’s Flemington stables earlier this month with the tendon injury. Coolmore’s CEO Michael Kirwan reported on Wednesday that the scans of the injury had been checked over by international vets.
“The scans were sent overseas and assessed by a couple of experts in the game and they have come back and said to us that it is an injury that is obviously a tendon injury, so it is a serious injury, but not serious enough to retire the mare,” he said on Sky Sports Radio.
“We are going to put her on a rehabilitation regime and reassess her at the end of October.
“It is always a possibility to come back when you have a tendon which is a very serious injury and some come back some don’t, but we are going to give her the opportunity to recover and to see if we can fix it.
“The end of October will tell us exactly where we are. If it has not healed as well as we would have expected then we will possibly retire her. If it is heading in the right direction then there is a chance that she will be okay with it we will continue,” he said.
Kirwan said that if Atlantic Jewel continued with a racing programme then it was unlikely she would be seen in the spring with an autumn campaign next year a possible target.
Atlantic Jewel, by Fastnet Rock out of the Zabeel mare Regard, has had a brilliant seven race career to-date winning all seven with ease.
After winning the 2011 Group 1 Thousand Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield in October she went to Flemington and thrashed the field in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes over 2000m on Victoria Derby Day by 7L, with jockey Michael Rodd not extending the filly.
She immediately became the dominant favourite for the Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks over 1500m five days later; however, Kavanagh had to spell her after the Wakeful Stakes after she developed a muscle injury.
Atlantic Jewel resumed at Randwick during the Sydney Carnival taking the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m by 4L. Then, in one of the highlights of the 2012 Sydney autumn, she took on the older horses in the Group 1 WFA All-Ages Stakes over 1400m on April 28th winning by 1 1/4L.
Racing by Coolmore Stud connections and Australian Turf Club board member Laurie Macri the four-year-old mare has earned stakes of $927,925 to-date.
Atlantic Jewel and Michael Rodd, picture Sportpix.com.au
Trainer Mark Kavanagh and Coolmore's Tom Magnier watch Atlantic Jewel winning the Group 1 WFA All-Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 28th, 2012, video ThoroughbredNEWS