Atlantic Jewel has bounced back after her sole loss 3 weeks ago with a dominant win over a small but smart Caulfield Stakes field on Saturday.
The super mare started a $1.30 favourite and cruised around her opposition on the final turn, winning effortlessly by 4 lengths from Foreteller and Super Cool.
The 2000 metre event was her fourth Group 1 victory, and her 10th win overall from only 11 starts.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh was pleased and relieved after Atlantic Jewel returned to her winning ways.
"She just left them behind like we know she can, so it was a good effort...I’m happy and everything is back on track now," he said post race.
The win has seen Atlantic Jewel shorten to $2.40 for the Cox Plate in 2 weeks time, which is no suprise to her trainer.
"This should tune her up now, we had a little bit of improvement but she should be spot on for the Cox Plate."
It's A Dundeel (the only horse to beat Kav's mare), Fiorente and Puissance De Lune are the only other 3 contenders at single figure odds for the Australasian weight-for-age championship.
Caulfield Stakes placegetters Foreteller and Super Cool are also in the mix, in what should be a sizzling Cox Plate on October 26 at Moonee Valley.
In other races, Solzhenitsyn made it back to back Toorak Handicap wins, despite carrying 6 kilos more than last year. He held out French middle distance star Trevieres and in form gelding Blackie.
Sea Moon finally got the Aussie Group win he needed, proving too good for Oasis Bloom and Irish stayer Simenon. Sea Moon is now qualified for the Caulfield Cup but it will mean running the six year old 3 weekends in a row.
Unpretentious was brave, fighting back against Pago Rock in the Schillaci Stakes to sneak home by 0.2 lengths in the Group 2 event.