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Atlantic Jewel a Class Above

"She's freakish", was the only way jockey Michael Rodd could describe his mount in the Thousand Guineas, as Atlantic Jewel dominated the $500,000 Group 1 3yo event on Wednesday at Caulfield. The odds-on favourite put in a jaw-dropping performance, bolting in to win the prestigious fillies race by 3 lengths.

In recent times, all previous winners of the Thousand Guineas had competed in at least one black type event leading up to the race, which raised some doubts over Atlantic Jewel, running for the first time in a feature race. But her ability was clearly proven during the running, looming up to the leaders at the final turn, before showing an incredible turn of foot to blow past Mosheen.

 Both fillies are out of Fastnet Rock, further proving the stallion as one of the best in Australia.

Atlantic Jewel's trainer, Mark Kavanagh was full of praise after the win. "These don't come along very often", he said. "She can do things I haven't seen horses do before".

 He was also heartfelt for the connections of Mosheen, whose runner has now finished second in two Group 1 events, the other time behind Sepoy in the Golden Slipper.

 Kavanagh quickly put out any speculation his horse would go to the Cox Plate, and take on 3 year old colt, Helmet, the Caulfield Guineas winner, saying " she's a good filly and we don't want to gut her".

She will likely go on to the Victoria Derby next month in which she is the short priced favourite.