Rumble Inthejungle, the juvenile colt who won in such impressive fashion at Glorious Goodwood before running a shocker at York last month, is to be given a chance to redeem himself at Newmarket on September 29 in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.
The Richard Spencer-trained son of Bungle Inthejungle, a fine fourth in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before showing a clean pair of heels to his rivals in the Group 3 Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 1, was subsequently purchased privately for an undisclsoed sum by the Cheveley Park Stud, such was the really impressive way Tom Queally’s mount had disposed of some useful rivals on the Sussex Downs.
Made favourite to follow up in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes on the Knavesmire last month, he failed to settle in the early stages of the race and was a spent force well over a furlong out, eventually weakening to finish last of the nine runners behind the impressive Archie Watson-trained Soldier’s Call.
“I don’t think the ground and draw helped him at Doncaster,” Spencer explained to reporters on Thursday. “He half overdid it at the start as he didn’t come out flat, he came up in the air. The plan is to see how he is over the next few days, but that was not his true running.
“If he is showing good outward signs he will probably go for the Middle Park, as I see no reason why not to. Hopefully the ground will be on the quick side.He is a lot better than he showed at Doncaster and that run was a disappointment. That is the only blip on his record.”
If he heads to HQ, Rumble Inthejungle will likely face some very stiff opposition and is currently rated a top priced 25/1 with bet365. Aidan O’Brien’s exciting prospect Ten Sovereigns, unbeaten in two starts including the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh last time, is a best priced Evens favourite with 10bet, while other leading contenders at this stage include Martyn Meade’s Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner Advertise (5/1 with Ladbrokes), and Simon Crisford’s exciting prospect Jash (8/1 withPaddy Power), winner of both starts to date including a nine-length romp in a Salisbury novice event last time out.
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.