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Jungle Cat pounces for emotional Appleby - AL QUOZ SPRINT

05/04/2018
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Not even the sensational scratching of his number one contender could deny trainer Charlie Appleby a first winner on the Dubai World Cup programme as Jungle Cat swooped inside the final 200m to collect the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint. What a maelstrom of emotions the Godolphin handler must have experienced as his strongly fancied Blue Point was taken out of the Group One turf dash behind the gates on veterinary advice. But moments later, James Doyle was producing a telling late burst on Jungle Cat to be half a length to the good from strong finishing Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Champion Stormy Liberal, with another American contender, pacesetting Conquest Tsunami, third.

“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 Once he was withdrawn I knew I had to compose myself as Jungle Cat was in the form of his life.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 One winner and I am very proud of him. “James gets on with him very well and he rode a perfect race. It is a first Group One 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 whole carnival has gone well but there was no pressure tonight as it is all about the international horses and we have seen some good winners, but I am delighted to get one in the bag,” the trainer continued. Doyle added: “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. “It was a dash to the line. But we went pretty solid though. I was quite happy with my fellow. You can set the clock by him. He is fantastic.”

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