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Commanding Jewel to miss Melbourne autumn

By Neale Donnelley TVN Monday, December 10, 2012 - 9:56 AM

Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel is still in the spelling paddock and will miss most of the Melbourne autumn carnival.

Trainer Leon Corstens this morning told racingnetwork he was due to inspect the regally-bred Commanding Jewel tomorrow before making any decisions on her future.

“They are not machines and I can’t have her up and running for the Melbourne carnival if she’s still in the paddock,” Corstens said.

“She’s a bit special this filly and I want to look after her.

"She’ll probably be ready right at the end of the Melbourne carnival then we’ll go to Sydney,” he said.

Corstens said there were plenty of options in Sydney, particularly the Doncaster Mile.

“I’d like to think we could even stretch her out to a mile and a quarter this time (2000m), but the best three-year-old fillies are always competitive in the Doncaster,” he said.

Commanding Jewel is a half-sister to the brilliant unbeaten Atlantic Jewel.

The strength of Commanding Jewel’s form cannot be underestimated as she beat Dear Demi by 2.75 lengths in the Thousand Guineas, before Dear Demi came out and won the VRC Oaks.

It’s a golden form-line and Corstens knows he has a seriously high-class filly on his hands.



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