The retirement of Australia’s superstar mare Black Caviar and the breeding bound juvenile champs All Too Hard and Pierro have left an uninspired few to declare the present day’s racing potential to be low.
People are continually asking: “Who will be the next star of the Australian turf?”
The Australian racing public clearly has a short memory.
Returning from an 18-month injury-induced spell tomorrow in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield is the undefeated star, Atlantic Jewel.
There are many big name horses resuming in this race, including last year’s Melbourne Cup winner, Green Moon, star kiwi colt, It’s A Dundeel, and Fiorente.
Also entered in this race is Atlantic Jewel’s stable mate, Super Cool, who this author declared a Cox Plate fancy after its impressive win in the Australian Cup last Autumn – which I’d gladly stand by if it weren’t for the return of Atlantic Jewel.
Her presence makes the level of talent in this field irrelevant.
She is far too brilliant for any other horse presently racing in this country.
The Mark Kavanagh trained mare is athletic and sweetly composed – she’ll charm in the mounting yard and dominate the race from wherever she settles.
She can sprint, she can last, she can come from behind and she will keep her undefeated record in tact tomorrow afternoon.
This means little, and most racing fans would have already penciled in this victory for Atlantic Jewel, so what’s the point?
The point is that once she has run tomorrow, she will shorten dramatically in the market for betting on the Cox Plate.
Right now she represents great value for that race, paying $7.50 alongside Super Cool and behind It’s A Dundeel and Puissance De Lune, who share favouritism at $6.
I’m willing to take much shorter odds on the chances of her destroying this field and a teary-eyed Kavanagh confirming her path for the 2013 Cox Plate.
On Saturday night, every punter in Australia will wish Atlantic Jewel were paying $7.50 for that race.