Atlantic Jewel’s half sister Commanding Jewel will continue to chase the spring’s first classic in 10 days despite fears she might not be seasoned enough after she faded into third place in the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes won by Adelaide visitor Maybe Discreet.
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Trainer Leon Corstens said the filly, who started the warm $3.10 favourite, may lack maturity but is still one of the best chances to win the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on October 16. “She’s definitely one of the chances in the race and you only get one chance at a Thousand Guineas so we’ll press on,” he said. “I’m sure she won’t disgrace herself and I’d expect her to take plenty out of her first run at 1600 metres.”

The race winner, Adelaide filly Maybe Discreet, impressed his jockey Luke Nolen at his first ride on her.

“She’s got a good racing style and she managed to get across from an awkward gate (16) and then showed plenty of determination to hold them off.”

Bart Cummings’ Sydney-based filly Norzita was made the new $4.40 favourite for the Thousand Guineas after her Flight Stakes win at Randwick. Next in betting is Love For Ransom and Molto Bene at $6 then Commanding Jewel and Maybe Discreet at $8.

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