Jungle Cat Lands Al Quoz For Emotional Appleby

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 pounced inside the final 200m to collect the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments.
 
What a maelstrom of emotions the Godolphin handler must have experienced as his the strongly fancied Blue Point was taken out of the Group 1 turf dash behind the gates on veterinary advice.
 
But just moments later, James Doyle was producing a telling late burst on Jungle Cat to be half a length to the good from the strong finishing Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Stormy Liberal with a length and half back to another American contender, the pacesetting Conquest Tsunami. The winning time was 1:09.37.
 
“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 Once he was withdrawn I knew I had to compose myself as Jungle Cat was in the form of his life.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.
 
Race Quotes:
 
Trainer Charlie Appleby (Jungle Cat, 1st and Blue Point, scratched at gate) – “I am delighted. I don't know what happened with Blue Point down at the start there but when he was withdrawn I knew I just had to compose myself as I knew that Jungle Cat was in the form of his life. The team at home have done a fantastic job and I am delighted to win. I really fancied this horse last year, but the rain came and he finished fourth. He is now a Group 1 winner and I am very proud of him. 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.”
 
Jockey James Doyle (Jungle Cat, 1st) – “It was a dash to the line. But we went pretty solid though. I was quite happy with my fellow. 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.”
 
Jockey Joel Rosario (Stormy Liberal, 2nd) – “I thought I might go by when we came into the last 200m but the winner was too tough. We raced away from the others, and maybe my horse might have done a little better with some company, but he’s still run a very good race.”
 
Trainer Peter Miller (Stormy Liberal, 2nd, Conquest Tsunami, 3rd and Richard’s Boy, 6th) – “All three ran great. I couldn’t be happier. As for Story Liberal, it was great to see him run to form. He just got beat.”
 
Jockey Victor Espinoza (Conquest Tsunami, 3rd) – “I had a good run. I wanted to wait for as long as possible, but it was impossible. He ran pretty good. He ran an amazing race.”
 
Jockey Kent Desormeaux (Richard’s Boy, 6th) – “Tried hard. Gave me his best ride.”
 
Jockey Anthony Darmanin (Illustrious Lad) – “He ran super. He was very hot before the race. He probably got a bit too warm but once he got behind the gates he relaxed and traveled really good. He toughed it out well.”

Jockey Robert Winston, Librisa Breeze, 9th) – “He jumped great but he ran a bit fresh. Hopefully there’s more to come for the rest of the year.”
 
Jockey Leigh Roche (Hit The Bid,12th) – “He got a bit upset beforehand but he jumped super. He’s had a great season here anyway.”

Jockey Frankie Dettori (Magical Memory, 13th) – “It was his first run of the season and he was a bit rusty.”

Jockey William Buick (Blue Point, scratched at gate) – “It’s disappointing for me but it’s great for the team that we still got the winner.”