Atlantic Jewel out of Australian Spring Carnival
The racing career of undefeated Australian mare Atlantic Jewel is in doubt after the horse was ruled out of the 2012 Australian Spring Carnival with a tendon injury.
Scans yesterday revealed that Atlantic Jewel had suffered an injury to a lateral branch of the super flexor tendon extending to the end region of the pastern.
Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh was devastated by the news but believes the injury isn’t career threatening.
However he admitted that Coolmore, the owner of Atlantic Jewel, may send the mare directly to stud to avoid any further injuries.
“Where we sit right now is that we have all decided to sleep on it, let the dust settle for a few days and work out where we go,” Kavanagh said.
Atlantic Jewel was the favorite for the 2012 Cox Plate with Bet365 rating her a 5/1 chance.
More Joyous has now been installed as favorite for the prestigious Group 1 race, at Bet365, ahead of stable mate Pierro and the Robert Smerdon trained Mosheen.
Atlantic Jewel has had a short but stunning career winning all seven of her race starts.
The Fastnet Rock filly won the 2011 1000 Guineas before romping to a seven length victory in the Group Two Wakeful Stakes.
After a spell she returned to the races in the autumn of this year and added two more group level wins to her resume with victory in the Group 2 Sapphire and Group 1 All Aged Stakes.
Timeform rated Atlantic Jewel the third best three old in the world last season behind only Sepoy and Camelot.