Trainer Luke Oliver will target some spring carnival mares features with impressive Moonee Valley winner Jessy Belle who held off the game challenge of Atlantis Dream over 1600m on Saturday, reports Racing Network.

Jessy Belle started $2.45 favourite over second elect Atlantis Dream at $2.80, and the market proved correct as the two fancied runners fought out the finish.

“She’s not the sort of horse to run away from a field like that, but she was too strong today,” Oliver said.

“Every time we’ve raised the bar she has stepped up and I’ve had less talented horses than her be very competitive in stakes races before.

“She’s won three races at Moonee Valley now, but in saying that she’s pretty versatile and there’s a few mares mile races over the spring which we can look at now.”

Winning rider Chris Symons was forced to lead after Jessy Belle made such a good start, but his slow opening sectionals reflected the fact that the lead was not the place to be at Moonee Valley today.

“She naturally begins so well but it was the worst case scenario to lead,” Symons said.

“But I wasn’t going to pull her molars out trying to pull her back.

“Luke knew she was the best horse in the race, I knew she was the best horse in the race and I had no real instructions other than to just to let her find her rhythm.”