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Valley Nomination Commands Attention
In-demand jockey Craig Williams has committed to the first two rides aboard last year's Gr1 Thousand Guineas heroine Commanding Jewel (Commands-Regard, by Zabeel). After riding her in a trial this morning, he'll get to see first-hand just how big a part the half-sister to undefeated champion Atlantic Jewel will play in the Spring when she makes her long-awaited return in Saurday's Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley. The tight scamper has attracted 20 nominations, including 2013 Gr3 Standish Handicap winner Adamantium & this month's Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap winner Broken. Unraced for 10 months, Commanding Jewel is quietly fancied for the Gr1 Cox Plate.