Mark Kavanagh could hardly be more modest when it comes to discussing the horse he has turned into one particular of the best in Australia and most beneficial in the globe.
The trainer has guided Atlantic Jewel to seven victories from as numerous starts and to a stage exactly where she is one particular of the most useful thoroughbred mares in the planet.
But as she approaches the begin of her 4-year-old season, he is as modest as she is talented.
“She trains herself, genuinely,” Kavanagh stated.
“I place the saddle on and point her in the appropriate direction.
“But she does most of it, she’s a dream.”
Atlantic Jewel is a daughter of Fastnet Rock, a son of the mighty Danehill and is from a Zabeel mare who won two of her only three begins.
But her impeccable pedigree and racing record are more improved by the possibilities her owners, the Irish-based Coolmore Stud, can offer her when she retires.
Coolmore owns a collection of the best thoroughbred stallions in the planet and Atlantic Jewel is very likely to have the pick of them.
A resultant colt foal could be well worth a modest fortune in the sale ring and a huge a single when he, in turn, goes to the stud.
With her future beyond the racetrack in thoughts, Kavanagh is not rushing into a spring program with Atlantic Jewel, except to say it will conclude with the $ three million Cox Plate (2040m).
“I will be sitting down with the Coolmore men this weekend to have a talk about a program,” he stated.
“But the Cox Plate is there for her.
“She’s won at her only attempt at Moonee Valley and she won her only run at 2000 metres by seven lengths.”
Kavanagh stated Atlantic Jewel had produced a fast recovery from her brief autumn campaign and had put on 25kg since.
“She’s a very little stronger but a lot far more athletic,” he said.
The most likely decision for a return to racing is the Group Two Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 1.