Atlantic Jewel shines in All Aged

On a day when Australia's best horses strutted their stuff, star filly Atlantic Jewel stood up to be counted in the All Aged Stakes (1,400m) at Randwick.

Just over an hour before Black Caviar was to wow the crowds in Adelaide, Atlantic Jewel was presented her biggest challenge to date and passed with flying colours.

She was forced to cart the field up to Rain Affair ($7.50) who made a bold dash rounding the turn and had Atlantic Jewel ($1.12 fav) four lengths adrift coming over the rise.

But the filly responded under the urgings of Michael Rodd and moved clear to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths. Ofcourseican ($61) was third.

Superlatives continue to flow freely for Mark Kavanagh's filly who is unbeaten after seven starts for more than $920,000 in prize money.

"It was her first test at weight-for-age and her first test against the boys and she's had to work," Kavanagh said.

"She's done it well. She knows how to win."

The All Aged was Atlantic Jewel's second and final start this campaign as she will be spelled for the spring.

Kavanagh designed the limited autumn preparation around her comeback from an injury setback she suffered after winning the Wakeful last year.

She is already a standout at the top of early markets for the Cox Plate, but Kavanagh is prepared to take one thing at a time.

"I'll certainly be making sure she's OK later today and again tomorrow morning, but she'll go to the paddock now and heads towards the spring," he said.

"We've just got to map out the right campaign for her and put her in the right races, but the Cox Plate is certainly on the agenda."

Atlantic Jewel is the first filly since Valicare in 1926 to win the All Aged and Rodd says she was out of her comfort zone on Saturday but still got the job done.

"All her races she's always been back and had something to bring her up and today was a really big test," he said.

"What I liked about it was that she got past Rain Affair and she started to have a look around, but I gave her a couple more hits and she continued to ping home.

"We know there's something there when we ask her."


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