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 Trainer Mark Kavanagh was unquote-able following the running of the Group One MRC Memsie Stakes on Saturday.

He had just witnessed the stables star mare Atlantic Jewel dismantle a field that contained no less than eight group one winners at her first start for 70 weeks and could manage only a few words in response to questions posed during the post race interview.

"I reckon she is (unbelievable)," Kavanagh agreed with interviewer Jason Richardson.

"(I'm) speechless, I really am."

But whether he was simply dumbfounded by the mares awesome display of athleticism or was overcome by emotion became evident at the trophy presentation where he struggled to maintain composure.

That overriding emotion was no doubt relief after Kavanagh produced Atlantic Jewel to win first up in Group One company over 1400 metres after an injury induced lay off of more than sixteen months.

"Yeah...ask (my wife) Isobel, it hasn't been good I'll give you the tip, yeah it's been tough," Kavanagh said of the pressure coming into the race with such a valuable mare.

Atlantic Jewel, majority owned by Coolmore stud and a daughter of their champion sire Fastnet Rock, was unbeaten in seven starts and headed for super star status before she injured a tendon in her preparations for the spring of 2012. Her recovery and eventual comeback was carefully engineered with trainers, vets, farriers, farm managers, riders and stable staff all playing a part.

By contrast Kavanagh was bubbling with enthusiasm when he appeared on TVN's Racing Review on Sunday morning to report that the mare had pulled up well.

"It's frightening to say she is better today than she was yesterday morning before the races, she's eaten and she's sound and it's all forward from here."


Joan's A Jett wins on debut

Joan's A Jett wins on debut

Mark knew he had a talented filly on his hands and couldn’t be more thankful to her breeders Brent and Cherry Taylor of Trelawney Stud in New Zealand who sent her over earlier this year.  

Kentucky creates more than a  breeze

Kentucky creates more than a breeze

Kentucky Breeze rewarded connections with their patience with a tough win in the $60,000 Suez McKellar Mile (1600m) at Saturday’s metropolitan Ballarat meeting. Trained by Kavanagh Racing’s Levi Kavanagh and ridden by apprentice Ethan Brown, Kentucky Breeze notched together his third career victory from ten career starts, making upwards of $150,000 in career earnings.  

Kav Racing Hot's Up!

Kav Racing Hot's Up!

It may have been a quiet Spring, but Kavanagh Racing’s team has been set for the Summer period. With a lot of inexperienced young horses set to race in the next few months the stable is happy with their decision to bypass the Spring and take advantage of the excellent pastures and give their horses a little for time, and the way the horses have developed is testament to the fact they made the right move.  

Win a share in a racehorse!

Win a share in a racehorse!

To celebrate Cup week we are giving away a 2.5% share in Jewel Racing's Charm Spirit x Black Beauty colt with all expenses paid up until the end on 2018 to be trained by multiple Group 1 winning trainer Mark Kavanagh. 

Soho Ruby Retired

Soho Ruby Retired

Stakes placed Soho Ruby has been retired from Racing and will be sold as a broodmare.  

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