Glamour mare Atlantic Jewel has been beaten for the first time, losing her perfect record in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Shooting for her 10th win from as many starts, Atlantic Jewel was edged out by the New Zealand four-year-old It’s A Dundeel in the Group One weight-for-age race.
Atlantic Jewel took up the running as the field settled but she soon had company when It’s A Dundeel parked at her girth.
When Michael Rodd called on Atlantic Jewel at the 500m, It’s A Dundeel also responded for his jockey James McDonald.
After a length-of-the-straight battle, the Kiwi gained the upperhand in the final few strides.
It’s A Dundeel was backed throughout the week to end Atlantic Jewel’s run but trainer Murray Baker said the win came as a surprise to the stable.
“We thought he would improve vastly on what he did three weeks ago but I didn’t think he could beat Atlantic Jewel at 1800 metres,” Baker said.
Sydney mare Dear Demi drove through on the inside as the field straightened to momentarily share the lead before winding up third with Happy Trails finishing fourth.
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