The Godolphin-owned Jungle Cat ran down American frontrunner Conquest Tsunami in the late stages of Saturday's Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, stealing victory by a half-length. Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal came up to get second on the inside for American trainer Peter Miller, while his stablemate Conquest Tsunami had to settle for third. Jungle Cat, a 6-year-old son of Ifraaj, was ridden by James Doyle for trainer Charlie Appleby.
Just prior to the start, race-favorite Blue Point, also trained by Appleby, was scratched on the advice of the veterinarian for showing blood in his nostrils.
“I said before the race that if Blue Point was to falter tonight then Jungle Cat would be there to pick up the pieces,” Appleby said.
“I don't know what happened with Blue Point but there just seemed to be a trickle of blood from his nose. Once he was withdrawn I knew I had to compose myself as Jungle Cat was in the form of his life. The team has done a fantastic job and I am delighted to win. I fancied him last year but the rain came and he finished fourth. He is now a Group 1 winner and I am very proud of him.
“James (Doyle, jockey) gets on with him very well and he rode a perfect race. It is a first Group 1 for Jungle Cat and it is richly deserved. It is also a terrific feeling to win a race on the biggest stage for Godolphin,” the trainer added.
James Doyle said: “Obviously, he stays 1400m so I jumped quite well and then found myself just in the middle of them. He is a horse who likes to get a bit of room, so there was that option after going a furlong or so to move out to my right and give him all the room in the world and that panned out all right. You can set the clock by him. He is fantastic.”
The order of finish was completed by Washington DC, Illustrious Lad, Richard's Boy, Holding Gold, Faatinah, Librisa Breeze, Baccarat, Music Magnate, Hit The Bid and Magical Memory.
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