Can a Japanese-bred stallion achieve success on the international stage, outside Japan? Last year the Sunday Silence horse Divine Light (Jpn) was represented by 1000 Guineas winner Natagora (Fr), but he wasn’t well received in France and now stands at stud in Turkey. Today the Group 1 Japan Cup and Japanese Derby winner Jungle Pocket (Jpn) was represented by the Group 1 New Zealand Oaks winner Jungle Rocket(NZ), who won the 2400-meter turf race by a long neck from Can’t Keeper Down in the time of 2:30.07 at Wellington race course at Trentham. Click here for the chart of the race.
A son of Tony Bin out of Dance Charmer, by Nureyev, Jungle Pocket stands at Shadai and has shuttled to New Zealand and Australia. Jungle Rocket is from his second crop. Click here to see a video of Jungle Pocket.