Top class … Zydeco returns after winning the Wakeful.Atlantic Jewel has pleased vets and remains on track to return to racing in the autumn. The unbeaten mare was favourite for the Cox Plate when a leg injury forced her out of the spring in August. “That was disappointing but we got some good news this week,” part-owner Laurie Macri said. ”The vets were happy with the way her leg has come along and there was enough positives there for us to start to think about her racing again. There is still a long way to go, though.” The vet report said Atlantic Jewel was a 60 per cent chance of racing again. She will continue her rehabilitation at Mark Kavanagh’s property and be checked again in two months.
DELZANGLES IN FORM
Dunaden’s trainer Mikel Delzangles celebrated Breeders’ Cup success with two-year-old filly Flotilla at Santa Anita on Friday. The French trainer will return to Melbourne for the third time this month as Dunaden defends his Melbourne Cup crown. ”This is great, absolutely great,” he said. ”It was a good preliminary for Australia.” Flotilla settled midfield before bursting through the field as she powered home for a 1?-length victory over Watsdachances. “I was surprised how well she settled here,” he said. ”I was not confident she would win but thought she would run a good race. Hopefully, she will be a Classic filly in Europe next year.”
BAKER VOWS TO RETURN
Murray Baker shrugged off Victoria Derby disappointment with It’s A Dundeel, declaring his intention to come back across the Tasman for the Australian Derby. ”He got a long way back, but we always knew that [he would],” Baker said after It’s A Dundeel ($2.70 favourite) failed to make an impression when seventh behind Fiveandahalfstar. ”The leaders just kept kicking. He’s done a lot in a short time and we’ll take him for a little spell and bring him back for the AJC Derby. He’s only had the six runs, but travelling and that has probably caught up with him a little bit. He made up ground, but he only plugged the last little bit. He had his chance.” Fiveandahalfstar’s win snapped a New Zealand domination of the race. The Kiwis had won the past three editions until Saturday, including the win of Baker’s Lion Tamer in 2010. It’s A Dundeel had chartered almost an unbeaten path to the Victoria Derby until defeat in The Vase at Moonee Valley in his last hitout before the Victoria Derby.
WALLER PAYS FOR MISTAKE
Red Tracer’s trainer Chris Waller was fined $1000 after the mare arrived in the mounting yard without her lead bag. ”We had saddled her and she had walked off then we found the lead bag on the ground,” Waller said. “It must have just fallen down, so we told the stewards and they asked her to reweigh. It was just an honest mistake.”
ZYDECO SHOWS CLASS
Anthony Freedman knows all about potential; he’s seen far too many horses fail to deliver on their promise, and so he was relieved as much as he was pleased when Oaks favourite Zydeco stormed to victory in the Wakeful Stakes. Eye-catching runs in the Edward Manifold Stakes and then the Thousand Guineas when third behind Commanding Jewel had stamped Zydeco as a filly with immense potential, but Freedman wanted proof that the horse was as good as he had hoped. “That’s what I hoped for, I think she’s very good,” he said. ”It didn’t surprise me but you still like to see it [on race day].”
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