Jungle Cat Overview
Australian breeders place a currency on speed like few others, so in that respect no one will be surprised Telemon had been monitoring Jungle Cat since his triumph in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint. The highly-rated Dubai feature over a straight 1200m on turf has been attracting some of the best Australian and international sprinters for a number of years, easily providing savvy Australian breeders with a clear-cut benchmark of his quality.
Adding further merit to his maiden G1 triumph, Stormy Liberal (runner-up to Jungle Cat in the Al Quoz) returned to the US and defeated North America’s finest in the Breeder’s Cup Sprint (G1) at the same time as Jungle Cat earned a ticket to Melbourne's Spring Carnival where he rubber-stamped his superior sprinting class.
Set a daunting task in his first Australian start under handicap conditions over 1,400m in the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes where he was saddled with the top-weight, Jungle Cat won with authority to post his second Group 1 victory. In his final run before entering stud, the Godolphin flyer faced a world class field of speedsters down the Flemington straight in the VRC (Darley) Sprint over 1200m at weight for age, dead-heating with Pierata for third, and in the process defeating dual The Everest winner Redzel, dual G1 winner Brave Smash, and Godolphin's star 3YO Kementari etc.
To clinch Group 1 victories on both sides of the globe, including one in the backyard of Australia where sprinters are acknowledged to be amongst the best in the world, was a magnificent feat. Adding merit to his northern hemisphere deeds, via his Australian performances that show-cased speed, temperament and durability, Jungle Cat showed himself to be the real deal and underscored why he is the highest-rated stallion to retire to stud in Queensland for over 20 years.
A Group 2-performed British 2YO, he is the fastest son of the successful dual hemisphere sire Iffraaj who already boasts 10 individual G1 winners and was responsible for 23 2YO winners in season 2018 alone. Iffraaj, who has a proven affinity with Danehill blood, is an emerging sire of sires with his son Wootton Basset responsible for Champion European triple G1 winning 3YO Almanzor who will again shuttle to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand for 2020 season.
A multiple Group 1 winning speed horse with an outcross pedigree ready made for the Australian mare population, Jungle Cat was an exciting addition to Telemon's stallion ranks in 2019 and is proving to be equally popular in 2020.
Jungle Cat Pedigree
|GONE WEST |
|PARK APPEAL |
|MIKE'S WILDCAT (USA)|
|FOREST WILDCAT (USA)|
|STORM CAT |
|VICTORIA BEAUTY |
|OLD FLAME (USA)|
|BLACK TIE AFFAIR |
|HAT TAB GIRL|
Jungle Cat BR News
Sun City Adds to 2020 Telemon Sire LineupMon, 20 Jul 2020
The acquisition of one-time Magic Millions 2YO Classic favourite Sun City has added another key drawcard to the stallion ranks of Telemon Thoroughbreds in Queensland. Boasting a decades-long rich history in one of Australia's prime thoroughbred breeding regions, Telemon stood two very in-demand stallions in 2019, both of which are standing again in 2020: Champion 2YO Sidestep (Exceed and Excel), sire of Gr1 Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi, and Jungle Cat (Iffraaj), a dual hemisphere Gr1 winner who proved equal to taking on Australia's best sprinters in their own domain and beating them. Newcomer Sun City, winner of Brisbane's Gr3 BJ McLachlan Stakes and also twice runner-up at stakes level from just 6 starts, is a son of leading Widden stallion Zoustar who stands at $121,000 in 2020. A cracking type who was A++ rated by True Nicks, Sun City ($525,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale) was the most expensive colt by his sire in 2018. Much admired, he was purchased by leading international judges David Redvers (on behalf of Qatar Bloodstock) and Mitchell McEvoy Bloodstock whose co-principal Tony McEvoy trained him. For a full overview of Telemon Thoroughbreds and its 2020 stallions, click on the image.
Telemon Adds Third Stallion to 2020 RosterTue, 12 May 2020
Progressive Queensland stud Telemon Thoroughbreds has wasted little time in adding another spoke to its growing stallion wheel. Already boasting two high class sires, rising stud force Telemon’s latest recruit is the precocious Zoustar colt Sun City. With his sire in high demand after producing a number of exceptionally gifted sprinters, Sun City will be a popular addition to the sunshine state’s stallion ranks. Runner-up in Flemington’s Listed Maribyrnong Plate before winning the BRC’s BJ McLachlan Stakes ahead of Christmas, the speedy juvenile was strongly fancied for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic before illnes prevented him from running. The $525,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast graduate – the most expensive by his sire that year – either won or finished runner-up in every one of his juvenile starts – all at stakes level. “He is a genuine Gr1 talent. We clocked him as quick as [champion] Sunlight (Zoustar) on occasions. Sadly, injury has prevented him from fulfilling that ability,” noted his trainer Tony McEvoy. Sun City will stand for $7,700, alongside Champion First Season Sire Sidestep ($16,500) and dual hemisphere Gr1 winner Jungle Cat ($13,200). Telemon principal Dan Fletcher noted of the GST inclusive fees, “We’re confident we have found the right balance. The fees we have set are a reflection of the quality of our stallions whilst recognising the current difficult economic conditions”.
Sun City was a high class 2YO (pic: magicmillions.com.au)
Star Gr1 Sprinter To Stand At Telemon StudThu, 2 May 2019
Queensland’s Telemon Thorougbreds has pulled off a major coup via their relationship with Darley by securing dual international Godolphin Gr1 winner Jungle Cat (Ifraaj-Mike’s Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) to stand at stud. The fastest son of the globally successful stallion Ifraaj (Zafonic) will be offered in his first Southern Hemisphere season at an introductory fee of $12,000 (plus GST). Trained by Charlie Appleby, Jungle Cat achieved Gr1 success in the 2018 Al Quoz Sprint (WFA) over 1200m in Dubai and the 2018 Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m (HCP) as top weight. The Danehill-free debutant will join Champion 2YO Sidestep in 2019 after the latter sired this year’s Gr1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. Trainer Charlie Appleby stated: “He’s a model of consistency at the top level and a straightforward horse to train, good minded and very sound.” Telemon Thoroughbreds owner Dan Fletcher said: “We are delighted and humbled to be entrusted with such a high calibre young stallion. He is a genuinely elite, multiple Gr1-winning sprinter with a pedigree which is particularly enticing given the prevailing genetics of our mare population.” Alastair Pulford, Head of Sales at Darley said: “Darley and Telemon already have a young but successful relationship with Golden Slipper winning sire Sidestep. We are delighted to be giving Queensland breeders access to another top stallion prospect in Jungle Cat. His Australian form is easy to relate to and he represents a great sire line. We are very confident the Queensland breeders will have great success with him.”
Jungle Cat wins the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (pic: Mark Gatt)
Local Jungle Cat Sprint Form The Clincher For TelemonThu, 2 May 2019
Meanwhile, following the announcement that Junge Cat will stand in Queensland for the upcoming season (see above), Telemon Thoroughbreds general manager Joe Heather revealed, “We have been monitoring Jungle Cat as a potential stallion since his win in Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint.” Heather said, “It’s a race that we know through the exploits of Buffering. Jungle Cat’s win there 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.” During a halcyon season for Godolphin, Jungle Cat’s reappearance in Australia resulted in him giving away weight all round and still thumping his rivals in the Sir Rupert Clarke at Caulfield. “To get the attention of our breeders, it was so important he came here and not only showed his quality, but the fact he is made for our conditions. To be a Gr1 winner on Australian soil is a huge positive.” In his final race, Jungle Cat faced a field of the best sprinters in the land in the VRC Sprint (see below) over 1200m (WFA) down the Flemington straight, placing third, a run that Heather said was the clincher. “Horsemen know how hard it is to travel, so 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.”
Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint Could See An Invincible FinishThu, 28 Mar 2019
With this Saturday's Dubai World Cup meeting a highlight on the international racing calendar, the team at Yarraman Park Stud are sure to be up late watching the meeting with their sire I Am Invincible set to be represented by three individual runners in the USD $2 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint over 1200m on the turf track. The Australian-trained Illustrious Lad, fifth in the same race 12 months prior is joined by Gr1-winning mare Viddora and the Hong Kong-trained, but Australian-bred Wishful Thinker, drawing barriers 11, 12 and 13 respectively. The Peter Gelagotis-trained Illustrious Lad, a last start fifth behind Nature Strip, hasn't won since December, but his fifth behind Jungle Cat in last year's Al Quoz would see him capable of a very similar run this year. Outstanding, dual Gr1-winning sprinting mare Viddora from the stable of Lloyd Kennewell was a winner of the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley four starts back where she defeated the Japanese-bred, but Australian-raced, Brave Smash, who she will battle against on Saturday night in the Al Quoz Sprint (see below item). The other son of I Am Invincible set for the race is the Richard Gibson-trained 5YO Wishful Thinker, a winner of three of his last four starts in Hong Kong including his most recent effort where he defeated the former Australian raced Gunnison, a winner of the Gr2 Todman Stakes.
Cat Ready to Pounce In ToorakThu, 11 Oct 2018
Meanwhile, fellow Godolphin galloper Jungle Cat will join Hartnell in Saturday's $500,000 Gr1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield. Jungle Cat (Iffraaj-Mike's Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) made an impressive Australian debut when winning the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 22 September, and trainer Charlie Appleby says he has come on for the run. "We were delighted he won the Sir Rupert Clarke, as that was the race we had picked out for him months ago. He deserved that win," Appleby told Godolphin.com. "I thought the way he ran last time that the 1600m is going to suit him even better. James Doyle is back to take the ride again, which is a big positive. They know each other well."
Jungle Cat Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke StakesMon, 24 Sep 2018
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At Caulfield in Melbourne on Saturday, Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic-Pastorale, by Nureyev) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 7YO entire Jungle Cat (Iffraaj-Mike's Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) scored by 0.1-length for Godolphin’s UK-based trainer Charlie Appleby in the $500,000 Sir Rupert Clare Stakes (1400m) from 6YO gelding Dollar For Dollar and 5YO entire Land Of Plenty. Having his first start in Australia, the globally successful Jungle Cat was perfectly positioned by James Doyle to go about reeling in the tenaciously brave Dollar For Dollar who went within a whisker of making every post a winner. Usurping his better fancied Australian-trained Godolphin contemporaries, Jungle Cat could not have had better form coming into the race having won the Gr1 Alquoz Sprint in Dubai last March. "It's great to have a Group 1 winner here," enthused an elated Appleby, who revealed it was always the intention after Jungle Cat’s Dubai Gr1 accomplishment to head to the Sir Rupert Clarke given its status as one of the few open class Gr1 1400m races in the world. His second Gr1 victory, and fourth consecutive race win, took Jungle Cat’s record to 8 wins (also including the Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort Stakes) & 12 placings (including the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, Gr2 July Stakes and Gr2 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket, Gr2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, Gr2 Gimcrack Stakes at York, Gr3 Meydan Sprint and Gr3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket) from 31 starts for $2,247,958 earnings. Also 4th in the Gr1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, Jungle Cat is perfectly credentialled as a future dual Hemisphere stud prospect for Darley.
Jungle Cat (image: Mark Gatt)
Jungle Cat Ready for Australian DebutThu, 20 Sep 2018
Meanwhile, Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby expects Irish-bred sprinter Jungle Cat to give a good account of himself when he makes his Australian debut in Saturday's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. Coming off a maiden Gr1 win in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night (31 March), Appleby told Godolphin.com that Jungle Cat had travelled and acclimatised well. "He brings a good level of form to the race. Stepping up to seven furlongs should be perfect for him," Appleby said. "We've had this race in mind for him for some time, and he's well-prepared for it." TAB have installed Home Of The Brave as the $5 favourite for the Sir Rupert Clarke, ahead of stable-mate Osborne Bulls and the Darren Weir-trained Land Of Plenty at $5.50. Jungle Cat is next best at $10.
Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & BarriersThu, 20 Sep 2018
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The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) to be run at Caulfield on Saturday. The race has attracted a capacity field of 15 plus four emergencies. The top weight for the race is the Godolphin-owned Jungle Cat who will be making his Australian debut. The Irish-bred speedster was last seen claiming his maiden Gr1 title in the Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in Dubai on World Cup night (31 March). Jungle Cat is likely to vie for favouritism with fellow Godolphin runners Home Of The Brave and Osborne Bulls, with the former a chance of securing the final Everest slot if he can replicate his impressive last-start win in the Gr2 Theo Mark Stakes in Sydney. Other leading chances include Holy Snow & Oregon's Day from the Mick Price yard, Land Of Plenty for Darren Weir, and Showtime and Peaceful State, who will both be carrying the colours of world renowned Japanese breeder & owner Katsumi Yoshida.
Jungle Cat Australia BoundMon, 13 Aug 2018
Top Godolphin sprinter Jungle Cat will enter quarantine later this month before travelling to Australia to run in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The 6YO Irish-bred entire hasn't raced since claiming the biggest win of his career in the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night in March. "He is going to head out to Australia in the first shipment of horses and will go into quarantine later this month," trainer Charlie Appleby said. "He will go for a seven-furlong race out there called the Sir Rupert Clarke." Appleby added: "As he is getting older, seven furlongs is more his trip. I don't think he would have the legs for those young Australian sprinters in the Everest. This has been the long-term plan for him."
Starspangledbanner Adds UK Gr3Mon, 3 Jul 2017
At Newmarket in the UK, Coolmore's dual hemisphere 4-time Gr1-winning sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold) added a Group success when 6YO Irish-bred entire Home Of The Brave (Starspangledbanner-Blissful Beat, by Beat Hollow) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Hugo Palmer in the Gr3 Criterion Stakes (7 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Jungle Cat (Iffraaj) & Breton Rock (Bahamian County). Home Of The Brave, who was previously owned by the Australian-based Flemington Bloodstock Partnership before his sale to Godolphin, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 John Of Gaunt Stakes, Listed King Richard III Stakes & Listed European Free Handicap) and 4 placings (including the Gr3 Lennox Stakes, Gr2 Hungerford Stakes & Gr3 Sirenia Stakes) from 15 starts for £265,854 in earnings.
July Stakes Winner Draws Comparison With ToronadoFri, 11 Jul 2014
The Richard Hannon-trained Ivawood (Zebedee-Keenes Royale, by Red Ransom) confirmed the huge promise of his debut win by scoring an even more fetching victory in the Gr2 July Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket overnight, reports racinguk.com. Sent off the 3-1 favourite after an impressive success at Sandown last month, the imposing juvenile looked all class beating several 2YOs who had performed well at the Royal Ascot meeting. One of those, Jungle Cat, was third behind The Wow Signal in the Gr2 Coventry Stakes but proved no match for Ivawood finishing second some 2.75-lengths astern of the winner. The Charlie Hills trainee Muhaarar was third. Hannon, whose stable has now won the July Stakes four times in the past five seasons, hailed Ivawood as the best 2YO in his yard comparing him favourably to stable star Toronado. "Ivawood was a very good looking horse at the sales and he has made a great start to his career," Hannon said. "He is probably as exciting a two-year old as we have got and physically he feels like a three-year old. Hopefully there is a lot more to come. He is a stand out to me." He added, "He is a bit like Toronado physically and that is not a bad comparison to have. We will probably go for either the Middle Park or the Gimcrack next." Longer term, Hannon stated that Ivawood looks a "Guineas horse all over." Ivawood becomes the first stakes winner for freshman UK sire Zebedee ((Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) who stands at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.
The Wow Signal Wins Gr2 Coventry StakesWed, 18 Jun 2014
At Royal Ascot in the UK, Rosemont Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Starspangledbanner (Choisir-Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold) celebrated his first stakes winner when the aptly named 2YO colt The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner-Muravka, by High Chaparral) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer John Quinn in the Gr2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, over fellow 2YO colts Capella Sansevero (Showcasing-Madam President, by Royal Applause) & Jungle Cat (Iffraaj-Mike's Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat). The Wow Signal took his record to 2 wins from 2 starts for £140,309 earnings. Sent off a well-supported 5-1 joint-favourite, The Wow Signal jumped smartly and disputed the lead for most of the way before letting down with a good turn of foot and sprinting clear over the concluding stages. The exciting 2YO was purchased by Sheikh Joaan Al Thani after a stunning debut win at Ayr last month when cruising to a 9-length victory. Winning trainer John Quinn told racingpost.com: "He has come and beaten the best colts available today and he has been up there all the way, he wasn't held up to run a race he was right there on the speed. I think he deserves a lot of credit. He didn't just come from out of the pack he was there all the time. He could have capitulated but at the line he was going away."