MAGIC MILLIONS RELEASE – Champion mare Atlantic Jewel showed she was on track for Australasia’s weight for age championship with another stunning win this time at Moonee Valley in the Group Two Stocks Stakes.
In another incredibly soft and arrogant victory, Atlantic Jewel cruised home to beat fellow Magic Millions graduate Oasis Bloom to extend her unbeaten run to nine.
So easy was the win that trainer Mark Kavanagh is looking at backing up the mare in next Saturday’s Underwood Stakes at Caulfield enroute to the Cox Plate.
“That was just a little course proper galloper,” Kavanagh said. “She’s certainly a special horse.”
“There’s good improvement still left in her. Her target is the Cox Plate. She’ll be ready that day.”
Sent out the red hot favourite following her barnstorming first up win in the Group One Memsie Stakes, Atlantic Jewel sat fourth during the early and middle stages of the race before racing to the front with a sharp sprint when approaching the turn.
From that point the result was never in doubt as Michael Rodd let her ease to the line well clear of Oasis Bloom and Oriental Ruby.
Atlantic Jewel was purchased by renowned international bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne for $320,000 from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
O’Byrne races the mare along with the Magnier family’s Coolmore Syndicate, Laurie Macri, Michael Kirwan, Mathilde Texier, Clem Murphy and MV Magnier.
Bred by Greg Perry and foaled down at Vinery, Atlantic Jewel is from the Zabeel mare Regard.
Regard was sold by Magic Millions as a yearling in 2004 for $235,000 (from Emirates Park to Graeme Rogerson) and then as a broodmare in 2008 for $340,000 (from Vinery to Steve Brem).
When sold at the 2008 National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast, Regard was in foal to Fastnet Rock – the resultant foal, her first, none other than Atlantic Jewel.
The mare’s only other foal before her unfortunate passing was subsequent Group One winner Commanding Jewel – sold also at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $205,000. Just over a week ago she won the Group Two Let’s Elope Stakes.
The family is all Magic Millions’ with Regard’s dam Nanshan, an import, being sold to Emirates Park from Torryburn Stud for $425,000 at the 2002 National Broodmare Sale when Torryburn was being dispersed by the Ferguson family.
Nanshan topped the sale with the 33 Torryburn mares selling for over $3 million as part of the dispersal 11 years ago.