Hope are high in the Richard Spencer camp that his talented juvenile Rumble Inthejungle can bounce back to form on Saturday in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, having run way below expectations last time at Doncaster.
Very impressive at Glorious Goodwood last month when slamming some talented rivals in the Group 1 Molecomb Stakes over five furlongs, the son of Bungle Inthejungle was expected to go very close at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes but ran no race at all, pulling hard early then dropping away tamely to finish last of the nine runners behind Soldier’s Call, a horse who had been well held in third in the Goodwood race six weeks earlier.
A top priced 20/1 shot with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s race, his first attempt at six furlongs, connections are very hopeful Rumble Inthejungle can put behind him the blip on Town Moor and bounce back to something close to his best in what promises to be a very hot race. Aidan O’Brien’s unbeaten Ten Sovereigns is the current 8/11 favourite with bet365.
“A few things didn’t go our way [in the Flying Childers] … but I’m not really looking into that too much,” Spencer told reporters. “The horse has come back from Doncaster and seems fine at home. He’s worked well, and the lads are happy with him. I think you need to put a big line through his run at Doncaster and hopefully we can make amends this week.
“We scoped him after the race and everything seemed fine with him. He’s done a bit of fast work on Saturday and pleased us, so it’s all systems go for the Middle Park this weekend. Hopefully it stops raining and it will be a dry week, and we can go to the race with a good chance.”
Written by Paul Alster
Paul Alster has been part of the British and international racing media for more than three decades working as a race commentator, TV/radio presenter, journalist, betting correspondent, SP returner, and form analyst. He’s always sought out overpriced runners in handicap races, a quest that excites him as much now as it did at the start of his career.