JUNGLE has bigger FISH to fry
Feb 01, 2019
Having finished close up in stakes races at her two most recent outings, it was little wonder that Jungle Fish was so strongly fancied when resuming at Pakenham on Thursday night - sent out a hot odds-on favourite.
Whilst the promising daughter of Smart Missile had been off the scene for a while, last seen finishing hard on the heels of the placegetters in the Gr.3 Adrian Knox Stakes last April, punters were happy to take the short odds in maiden company.
Always travelling well outside the leader, Jungle Fish settled well for Dwayne Dunn and with 400m to go was in front - her rivals off the bit and chasing as she drew clear to a soft and impressive 4 1/4 length victory.
Considered by the stable to be a leading chance in last year's Australasian Oaks at Morphettville, Jungle Fish played up at the gates and was a late scratching - and since then she has been given time and plenty of barrier practice.
"She had trained really well for that race and we thought she was a chance," Michael Kent said.
"We have given her a long break since, taken our time with her - and she behaved herself really well tonight."
"That last prep was her first and we did send her to the deep end, time has been good for her and she is only to get better as she gets older. Hopefully she can get somewhere good."
The Gr.3 Epona Stakes in Sydney (a race the stable won two years ago with Consommateur) looks a good aim for Jungle Fish who in the meantime will make her way through the classes - "we just have to get her rating up a bit," Kent said.
Having his second ride on the bay, Dwayne Dunn was impressed.
"She is not the easiest horse but she has matured a lot and she is a really nice filly who has bigger missions than this."
"Mick said her to ride her quietly but she stepped well and there was no real option but to go forward."
"She took a while to switch on but then she kicked hard and just cruised to the line."
A home-bred for Gilgai Farm, Jungle Fish is a half-sister to the metropolitan winner Portion Control out of the Giant's Causeway mare Divisible, a half-sister to the Irish Gr.2 winner Lizard Island.
Not always having the best of luck at stud, Divisible does have a yet to be named Hinchinbrook filly and was served last spring by Merchant Navy.
Jungle Fish boasts an interesting pedigree with her two times Group winning sire and her dam hailing from the same family, that which has also produced the high class stallions Sadler's Wells, Nureyev, Fairy King and Thatching.