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First Winner For Bombora's Jungle Ruler
Following on from some very promising trial form, Jungle Queen not only launched her racetrack career with a strong win in the 3YO Fillies Maiden at Echuca on Monday but in doing so became the debut winer for Victorian Stud Bombora Downs' sire Jungle Ruler (Lion Hunter–Calista, by Zeditave). The grey iron horse, who started 115 times for 20 wins and 24 placings, including stakes placings in the Gr3 MRC Sundown Stakes, Gr3 Moonga Stakes and Listed VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes, has being getting great reports from breakers and trainers and additional winners shouldn't be far away. Homebred Jungle Queen is the fifth to race from Made of Gold mare Tinge of Gold and second winner following her God's Own half-sister Friday Saviour. It's a solid family that also includes stakes-placed geldings Parhelia, Don't Say Goodbye and NZ Gr2 runner-up Blizzard. Third dam Jalapa was classy enough to take third in the Gr3 Longchamp Prix de la Nonette. Trained by Wangaratta based Christopher Davis and ridden by Rebeka Prest, Jungle Queen defeated a large field which included some handy types, none more so than High Chaparral filly Fern, sixth placed only recently in May behind Saturday's Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker.