Filly still a chance


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 yesterday's group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes won by Adelaide visitor Maybe Discreet.

Trainer Leon Corstens said the filly, who started the warm $3.10 favourite yesterday, 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.

''If she can draw a good alley in the Thousand Guineas she might be able to take a sit and that might suit her better. She jumped really well again today and Damien [Oliver] said he either had to go forward or be trapped wide.''

Winner Maybe Discreet impressed 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,'' he said. ''She'd had a run at 1600 metres and that probably held her in good stead when it got tough late.''

Maybe Discreet certainly had her supporters yesterday as she was heavily backed from $7 to $5 by race time. She enjoyed a lovely run, sharing the speed with Walk with Attitude but was soon under siege after fighting that filly off.

First came Commanding Jewel and then, once her run faded over the final 100 metres, down the outside came Member's Joy ($10), who fell short by just a short half head. There was a neck to Commanding Jewel in third place.

Maybe Discreet's trainer Phillip Stokes did not make the trip across to Melbourne yesterday, instead sending strapper Katie McManmon, who was delighted with the filly's performance.

''We've always had a high opinion of this filly and since we've put blinkers on her, she's a different horse,'' McManmon said. ''We came for the Thousand Guineas and after that run we really can't wait to bring it on.''