Racing Post – Royal Ascot 2019: Rumble Inthejungle ‘thriving’ ahead of Commonwealth Cup bid

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Richard Spencer, who won the Coventry Stakes in 2017 with his first ever Royal Ascot runner, believes that Rumble Inthejungle is in ‘A1 shape’ and can turn the form from last year’s Group 1 Middle Park Stakes around at Ascot on Friday.

Rumble Inthejungle was 3rd behind Ten Sovereigns and Jash last Autumn but hasn’t been seen in a race since then. The son of Bungle Inthejungle enjoyed a successful racecourse gallop at Newmarket last Saturday under Michael Hills, who reported him to be in fine fettle.

Spencer said: “Mike (Hills) is excited. He’s ridden him in all his work this year and each week he’s improved. The racecourse gallop was good, he worked well and we’re very happy with him. He was slow to come to hand after his winter break, so we took the view that it was easier to go straight there with a racecourse gallop than rush him. He’s in A1 shape and we’re looking forward to running him.”

Cheveley Park Stud purchased into Rumble Inthejungle following the colt’s taking win in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in August. He disappointed at Doncaster before finishing 4 lengths behind Friday’s favourite Ten Sovereigns in the Middle Park.

Commenting on the lack of run going into the race, Spencer said: He’s done very well from last year to this year. He won first time out last year at Salisbury, so I’m not too worried about not having a run going into Ascot. I know it is a big challenge for the team, but he looks amazing and the last two weeks he’s really thrived. The form he’s in now, in my mind, he can swing it around with those at the top of the market.

“For a sprinter, he is very laid back and very chilled at home. He comes alive when he gets in the gates and he knows what he’s there for. He’s very uncomplicated and the big plus with him is that he has a very high cruising speed. They’re not going to be hanging around in the Commonwealth, and I think it’s going to play into our hands.”

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