Black Caviar to run down No. 20?
ALL eyes will be on unbeaten superstar Black Caviar when she attempts to set a new record of 20 consecutive wins in Saturday's $400,000 Sportingbet Classic at Morphettville.
But the also unbeaten Atlantic Jewel, considered by some judges as potentially the equal of Black Caviar, will attract plenty of attention when she steps out in the Group One All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick.
The filly was entered for three races on the program but trainer Mark Kavanagh confirmed on Tuesday she would contest the All Aged.
That decision was supported by jockey Michael Rodd who said the distance and weight-for-age conditions were perfect at this stage of Atlantic Jewel's preparation.
While various trainers decide whether to take on the outstanding three-year-old, Ron Quinton told racingandsports.com.au that his plans to run Group One winner Ofcourseican in the All Aged wouldn't change.
"We were always going there. I'm not saying we're not frightened of it (Atlantic Jewel), but we're going there," Quinton said.
"We've sort of planned all along to make this her last run of the campaign."
"Naturally it's stiff opposition, but I think she'll run a nice race."
It will be Atlantic Jewel's second run of this campaign. after she resumed with a soft win in the Group Two Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on April 14.
After settling back in the field, she cruised past the leaders in the straight and Rodd never had her out of second gear in the run to the line.
Atlantic Jewel may have one more run this campaign before being spelled with a view to the Cox Plate.
The field in the All Aged Stakes is significantly tougher, including TJ Smith Stakes winner Master of Design.
Consistent sprinter Rain Affair has also been nominated, but his best form has been on going rated dead or worse.
Trainer Joe Pride said he would wait until race day to see whether the track would be too hard.