Without taking a decibel away from the Atlantic Jewel thunder, Fiorente missed the start of Saturday’s Memsie Stakes by four lengths. Passing the 200 metres, Fiorente was disappointed for a run, stewards say, and approaching the winning post had difficulty getting a clear passage.

Fiorente, one of the top fancies for the Melbourne Cup, should have finished closer, second in my assessment, in a tempo most unsuitable. Ajeeb, expected to put speed into the race, came out two lengths slow, so Atlantic Jewel’s overall figures weren’t flash in a muddling event.

However, jockey Michael Rodd, with the rumble of a great under the bonnet, adapted perfectly to what could have been demanding circumstances. The training effort of Mark Kavanagh to get Atlantic Jewel back after a 70-week absence was outstanding, comparable with the great equine comebacks.

Tommy Smith and Perce Sykes repatriated Tulloch after a two-year break. Yes, Tulloch was an entire and near death, while Atlantic Jewel was a mare with a different problem.

Coolmore, regarded as one of the profit-conscious organisations in the thoroughbred world, and the other owners of Atlantic Jewel should be congratulated for persevering with her in this era of early retirement for the stud buck.

She could have gone to the mating barn without any loss of reputation, but by continuing her career, racing is the biggest winner. To get a public view on her performance, the Racenet forum produced: ”Yeah, Atlantic Jewel is amazing,” Prophet wrote. ”I am wondering if she could be the best horse in the world. I am even wondering if she could be the best horse I have seen race in Australia. So You Think currently holds that mantle.”

Northerly, too, was impressed: ”I think AJ is potentially the best horse I have seen. To do what she did today after 70 weeks off against a quality field just defies logic. BC was purely a 1000-1200m horse … AJ has won from 1200-2000m. She would carry Pierro and All Too Hard over 1400-1600m and will smash PDL [Puissance De Lune] when she gets out to 2000m. Start engraving the Cox Plate!”Discretion needed

Surely a wildcard system should be introduced for Cluster if he is in danger of missing the Golden Rose because of prizemoney limitations. Two of his three starts, including Saturday’s fifth in the Run To The Rose at Rosehill, have been in group 3 company in which he has gone well. Cluster, being an outstanding prospect, will generate turnover – in my opinion the key to his elevation. Certainly Saturday’s sprint was marred by an upfront, close-to-the-rail advantage. Cluster was back at the rear and wide.Taste of approval

TVN personality Richard Callander attacked the ribs on Saturday at Rosehill like a hungry lion munching into a zebra carcass, thus giving Lynell Peck’s James Squire Grill and Steakhouse the taste of approval. Alas, MSA grain-fed scotch fillet, the signature dish, is a little rich for the geriatric punter palate, more tuned to a sausage – not gourmet, but an old-fashioned snag filled with mystery, covered with a garnish of onions, infused with dripping, on a slab of white bread with absolutely no nutritional value. Once upon a time the pace was more ”get-it-into-ya” than fine dining. Horse, not beef, was the racecourse staple, but satisfaction is guaranteed with the new menu.Carol burns bright

One of Australia’s most successful horse players, Carol Burns, the Queen Of Goolma, will be in action at Mudgee’s Black Nugget Cup day on Sunday. Burns is featured in More Important than Life and Death (Fairfax Books – Allen and Unwin) and comes into the category of triumphs on the ”Inside of the Best” of Australian sports chapter. Bush bookmaker Ken Orbell gives her a 97 per cent winning strike rate, built up over decades on western district tracks.Chinese dream

”Very surprised you bought into the China Horse Club rubbish last week,” emailed the Asian turf authority, Alan Aitken, from Hong Kong. ”It probably won’t be there next year! John Thompson’s great grandchildren may not see viable racing in China.”Horse to follow

Zoustar looked well short of top condition when beaten less than two lengths in fourth after a wide passage in the Run To The Rose at Rosehill on Saturday.


Michelangelo, backed from $26 to $14, was downed 25 lengths in the Premier’s Cup at Rosehill but Gai Waterhouse should take comfort. Kingston Rule, ”distanced” at his debut for her father Tommy Smith in 1989, went on to win the Melbourne Cup the following year, albeit for Bart Cummings.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.