Jewel in the Crown for Vinery

Vinery graduate Atlantic Jewel announced her arrival on spring’s centre stage with a stunning victory at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Atlantic Jewel (3f Fastnet Rock – Regard by Zabeel) had won on debut at Geelong in August and treated her city rivals with contempt in the Italian Sports Club of Werribee Plate (1200m).  She scored by less than a length but the margin could have been multiplied by panels but for being eased down in the final stages.

“She has really switched on since the Geelong win,” trainer Mark Kavanagh said.  “She’s really a nice style of a horse with a good turn of foot.”

Atlantic Jewel was a $320,000 buy from the Vinery Stud draft at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She was purchased by Coolmore agent Demi O’Byrne and runs in their blue silks.

Ironically, the winner is by Coolmore sire Fastnet Rock and looks destined to add to his tally of 19 individual stakes winners.  She is the first named foal for the Lloyd Williams owned mare Regard who won two of her three starts at Bendigo and Sandown.

Vinery also sold a Commands – Regard filly as agent at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She was purchased by Brad Spicer for $205,000.

Vinery completed a winning double at Moonee Valley on Saturday when Buffering won the G3 McEwen Stakes.  A son of Vinery sire Mossman, he will return to Moonee Valley on September 30 for the G1 Manikato Stakes.

Atlantic Jewel could make it a Group 1 double for Vinery on October 12.  She was installed a $7 favourite for the Thousand Guineas on the strength of her Valley victory.