Retired Jewel going to Galileo
Atlantic Jewel has a date with Galileo after Coolmore Australia boss Michael Kirwan made her retirement official on Wednesday. The star mare was Cox Plate favourite before being scratched after injuring a tendon on Tuesday and plans for the future have been made quickly. "We've decided this is the time to retire her so this is what we're doing," Kirwan said on Sky Sports radio. Atlantic Jewel won 10 of her 11 starts and will go to Ireland to be served by Galileo early next year.
Heys enjoys long-shot success
Six weeks into his new job, foreman Bryce Heys has celebrated a win for his boss Tim Martin with the filly All That I Am. The three-year-old was an outsider in Wednesday's Australian Turf Club Handicap (1150m) at Randwick-Kensington but a strict training regime helped her to a first city victory. Heys represented the Martin stable and wasn't overly surprised despite the filly starting at $31. "There's been no denying her ability, but she can get a little bit above herself," he said.
Savvy Nature favourite for Vase
John O'Shea believes he has plenty left in the tank with Savvy Nature heading to Moonee Valley on Saturday. The three-year-old cruised around the Valley without a problem on Tuesday and will be Vase favourite after Darley decided to wait for the Derby with Complacent. "He just keeps getting better and better," O'Shea said. "He is going to come on again after Saturday, where he will be very hard to beat on what he did [on Tuesday]. I think in the Derby he will be at his top."
Avdulla likes Arinosa's chances
A mare which won the greys' race at Flemington last spring is back in Melbourne chasing a much bigger prize at Moonee Valley on Friday night. Regardless of whether Arinosa wins or loses the Manikato Stakes, jockey Brenton Avdulla has been impressed by the emergence of the Chris Waller-trained mare to the point where she's a legitimate contender in a group 1. "She's a happy horse, she's in form and I can't take much credit ... I think she'll race well on Friday night," he said.