Jungle Cat To Stand In Queensland

Record-breaking sprinter Jungle Cat will stand the upcoming Australian breeding season at Queensland’s Telemon Stud.

Jungle Cat
Jungle Cat  Picture: Racing and Sports

The brilliant son of Ifraaj will be offered in his first Southern Hemisphere season at an introductory fee of $12,000 (plus GST).

Trained for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby, Jungle Cat&Nbsp;won the G1 Al Quoz Sprint over 1200m in Dubai and the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m as top weight.

Telemon Thoroughbreds owner Dan Fletcher said he was delighted to be entrusted with such a high calibre young stallion by Darley.

“He is an elite multiple Group 1-winning sprinter with a pedigree which is particularly enticing given the prevailing genetics of our mare population,” Fletcher said.

Darley and Telemon already have a successful relationship as the Queensland stud is standing Sidestep, sire of this year’s Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi.

“We are delighted to be giving Queensland breeders access to another top stallion prospect. His Australian form is easy to relate to and he represents a great sire line,” said Darley’s Alistair Pulford.

“We are very confident Queensland breeders will have great success with him.”

Telemon Thoroughbreds General Manager Joe Heather said Jungle Cat had been monitored as a potential stallion since his win in the Al Quoz Sprint in 2018.

“Jungle Cat’s win generated a rating that stood alongside the absolute elite Australian sprinters so it should have come as no surprise that the horse he defeated Stormy Liberal returned to America and duly won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” Heather said.

“Jungle Cat had his next start in Australia where he gave them weight and a beating in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

“To get the attention of our breeders it was so important he came here and showed his quality. To be a Group 1 winner on Australian soil is a huge positive.”

In his final race Jungle Cat finished third in the G1 VRC Sprint over 1200m at Flemington.

“That run was the clincher for us,” said Heather. “For him to put up a performance like that on foreign shores and coming back in trip is a true testament to his quality.

“He’s top class and it’s a privilege for us to stand him.”


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