Flying Childers preview: Rumble Inthejungle ready for battle

Thu 13 Sep 2018

Richard Spencer feels he could not have Rumble Inthejungle in any better shape ahead of stepping him back up in class in the Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Having given the Newmarket handler his first Glorious Goodwood winner in the Molecomb Stakes, the recent Cheveley Park Stud purchase will try to give him another breakthrough success on his return to Group Two level.

Spencer said: “I don’t think he has got a bad draw and the ground should be OK by Friday, as from what I’ve seen I don’t think there is any more considerable rainfall.

_James Willoughby and Angus McNae look back at the Molecomb, won by Rumble Inthejungle with Soldier's Call only fifth _

“He is in good shape and I couldn’t have him any better. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve got to respect all the other runners, but we are just concentrating on our lad really.

“He is just getting more professional. He is very professional in his home work and has shown that on track. He is a joy to have around.

“He is very straightforward and his work in between Goodwood and now has been good, so hopefully he can translate that to the track.

“I am looking forward to stepping him up another furlong after this, but God willing it all goes to plan on Friday.”

Archie Watson hopes Windsor Castle Stakes winner Soldier’s Call can continue his rise up the ladder after bouncing back from defeat in the Molecomb with victory in a Group Three in France.

Watson said: “Things didn’t go his way in the Molecomb and there was a bit of scratching heads afterwards, but I don’t think he particularly enjoyed the downhill part of the track.

“It was good to get back on track in France and I’ve been very happy with him since. He deserves to take his chance and I’m hoping he runs a good race.”

The Lambourn handler will also be represented in the five-furlong dash by Listed scorer Shumookhi.

He added: “Shumookhi did it well at Newbury and really put the race to bed well. She is a very quick filly and I think she has improved throughout the year.

“She is Group Three-placed and a Listed winner, so it would be nice if she could pick up a bit more black type.

“I would prefer the central draw they both have rather than being on one of the wings. ”

Irish interest in the race comes from the Jessica Harrington-trained Indigo Balance and Aidan O’Brien’s Gossamer Wings. The pair were finished first and second respectively in a Listed event at the Curragh last month.

Owners King Power Racing will fire two darts at the race in the form of Vintage Brut, who flies the flag for Tim Easterby, and the Richard Hannon-trained Well Done Fox.

The field is completed by Legends Of War (John Gosden), Little Kim (Karl Burke), Deia Glory (Scott Dixon) and Semoum (George Peckham).

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