Jungle Rover too tough at Belmont

Sep 05, 2012

Tony Noonan Racing earned its second winner in Perth this season when Jungle Rover recorded a fighting victory in the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus Handicap (2100m) at Belmont Park.

Split The Faith recorded an all-the-way win at Belmont on August 22 before top local hoop William Pike used bold tactics to get Jungle Rover home in Wednesday’s $15,000 event.

Caught wide early, Pike took the son of Jungle Pocket forward to lead at the 1400 metres. The star jockey judged the pace of the event perfectly before getting the best out of Jungle Rover late, despite a 58kg impost, to win by 1-1/4 lengths.

Jungle Rover had shown steady improvement throughout his maiden WA campaign but Noonan’s stable representative Nick Cox said the five-year-old could progress further as his preparation progresses.

“It’s a big job to bring them across here and I always feel for the owners a little bit if it doesn’t work out,” Cox said. “He’s been a bit unlucky this horse so it has been a good result.

“He’s a real little stayer so hopefully he can progress over the next month or two.

“He’d run a couple of fifths at Sandown on Wednesdays and he probably wasn’t quite good enough for it (Melbourne) so that’s why we decided to come over here.

“A few of the owners live over here too so it made a bit of sense. “

Jungle Ruler’s win was his second from 15 starts. Congratulations to his owners – the Ten Monkeys Syndicate (Mgr P Guley), S Reilly, Mrs K Cotterill, A Sitch, A Simpson, Mrs K Simpson, the Curl It Hector Syndicate and M Holloway.

© MiStable 2012