Rumble follows in family footsteps

A devastating performance from the Richard Spencer-trained Rumble Inthejungle saw the juvenile emulate his sire Bungle Inthejungle with victory in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes on Wednesday.

It was in 2012 that Bungle Inthejungle secured the first of his two Pattern victories for Mick Channon and since his first juveniles hit the track this year, the son of Exceed And Excel has enjoyed a fast start as a stallion.

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He has posted 16 winners so far this season and while Rumble Inthejungle is his first Group winner, he already had a Listed winner to his name in the shape of Premio Vittorio Crespi scorer Sopran Artemide.

Rumble Inthejungle is the third winner from as many foals to race out of the unraced Dark Angel mare Guana and the trio have all been bred by Patrick Gleeson.

The other two winners to have been produced by Guana are Great Prospector and Red Guana, while Rumble Inthejungle’s third dam, Jubilee Song, produced 1992 Molecomb Stakes winner Millyant.

This is also the family of Superlative Stakes winner Birchwood, Flying Childers Stakes scorer Prince Sabo and dual Prix du Petit Couvert victor Mirza.

Sourced for £70,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale by Bobby O’Ryan and Rebel Racing, Rumble Inthejungle looks an out-and-out five-furlong specialist and an exciting prospect for his flying sire.

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Lightning Spear and Oisin Murphy cross the line to win the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood

Lightning Spear became a 28th individual Group 1 winner for Cheveley’s Pivotal with victory in the Sussex Stakes. Photo: George Selwyn

Cheveley on a roll

Cheveley Park Stud enjoyed a superb Qatar Goodwood Festival, the undoubted highlight on Wednesday when Lightning Spear deservedly won a first Group 1 after several near misses with a striking victory in the Sussex Stakes.

The seven-year-old became a 28th winner at the highest level for the Cheveley stalwart Pivotal, who stood his 22nd consecutive season at the Newmarket operation this year at a fee of £40,000.

A day later, Cheveley were back in the headlines when homebred Pilaster stretched her unbeaten record to three this season when a tough winner of the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes.

The Roger Varian-trained filly is a daughter of Nathaniel out of the Listed-winning Hernando mare Portal and is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Windshear.

It wasn’t long before another product of the Cheveley nursery found his way into the winner’s enclosure on Thursday, when the Richard Fahey-trained More Than This, a 40,000-guinea yearling purchase, maintained his unbeaten record when winning the Telegraph Nursery Handicap.

A son of another Cheveley resident in Dutch Art, he is out of the placed Danehill Dancer mare Striving who is closely related to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Wannabe Grand.

Friday also proved to be fruitful for David and Patricia Thompson’s operation when retained homebred colt Regal Reality returned to winning ways in the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes.

The colt is from the first three-year-old crop of Intello, who returned to Cheveley this year after spending 2016 and 2017 at Haras du Quesnay in France.

Regal Reality is one of five stakes winners for the son of Galileo to emerge this year, a group that includes Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Intellogent and Chester Vase scorer Young Rascal.

Mirage Dancer winning the Glorious Stakes at Goodwood on Friday

Mirage Dancer is the 20th individual Group winner for his sire Frankel. Photo: George Selwyn

20 individual Group winners for Frankel

Few will forget Frankel’s back-to-back victories in the Sussex Stakes (2011 and 2012) and once again the track proved to be a happy hunting ground, when his son Mirage Dancer won the Glorious Stakes on Friday.

That success provided the son of Galileo with his 20th individual Group winner in the northern hemisphere and fittingly it came from one of Khalid Abdullah’s most successful pedigrees, as Mirage Dancer’s dam is none other than the Green Desert mare Heat Haze.

Heat Haze, herself a dual Grade 1 winner, is out of the late blue hen Hasili, who also produced four other elite-winning offspring in Banks Hill, Intercontinental, Cacique and Champs Elysees.

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