Sydney racing nuisance off to stud
Former New Zealand Oaks winner Jungle Rocket has proven a pest for Sydney racegoers in recent times and the mare turned in another forgettable performance when refusing to take any part in the Stylecraft Handicap (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday. The Gregory McFarlane-trained galloper has been getting belted by her opposition when racing in town. In her last four metropolitan starts the mare has been beaten a total of 70 lengths, prompting Racenet’s Paul Joice to say “she deadset should be banned from Sydney racing”.
Chief steward Ray Murrihy hauled McFarlane into the stewards room to question him about the mare’s antics.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken to you about her,” Murrihy said.
McFarlane responded saying the mare was booked on a flight to New Zealand on Monday where she will commence her career as a broodmare.
The stewards were satisfied and told McFarlane that no further action would be taken but Murrihy gave the trainer a stern warning.
“If she was to return to the track she would need to prove herself in a series of barrier trials. We need to be sure that she wants to be a racehorse, not a bucking bronco,” he said.