Gai Waterhouse’s hopes of a 1st Cox Plate victory have strengthened with the news Atlantic Jewel will miss the spring carnival.
The Mark Kavanagh-educated Atlantic Jewel, the early favourite, has been ruled out of the spring with a tendon issue, robbing the carnival of one of its headline acts.
Waterhouse sympathised with Kavanagh as her steady stars Far more Joyous and Pierro were promoted to very first and second favouritism.
Star mare More Joyous is at $ six with TAB Sportsbet ahead of her 3-yr-old stablemate Pierro at $ 7.
“You don’t like any excellent horse becoming ruled out,” Waterhouse stated at Canterbury on Wednesday.
“The spring is such an fascinating time for racing in Australia, we are so much underneath the microscope.
“Coolmore are such large owners and breeders, they would be terribly disappointed and so would her trainer Mark Kavanagh. He would be devastated.”
Eight-time Group A single winner More Joyous won a barrier trial at Randwick on Monday and Waterhouse mentioned she was hunting at a return race subsequent month.
“She will almost certainly start off off in the Sheraco Stakes,” Waterhouse stated.
With Far more Joyous and Pierro now at the major of a revised Cox Plate industry, the trainer stated she was looking forward to the spring having dominated the Sydney autumn.
“These are extremely fascinating horses at two different ends of the spectrum. The older mare (More Joyous) against the young buck (Pierro),” she explained.
Waterhouse is hoping to safe Craig Williams for the Cox Plate ride on Pierro and expects the star jockey to make a selection right after Pierro tends to make his spring return.
Atlantic Jewel is unbeaten in her seven begins including Group A single wins in final year’s Thousand Guineas and the excess weight-for-age All Aged Stakes for the duration of this year’s autumn carnival.
Kavanagh said the star four-year-old was identified to be lame following a gallop on Tuesday morning with subsequent scans revealing she had injured a tendon.
“We will continue to assess the injury and it would be my view at this stage that she will be unable to resume full coaching for eight weeks,” Kavanagh told Racing Victoria.
“It may possibly be the finish of the spring, but it truly is not the finish of the horse.”