During his racing career, the now Bombora Downs sire Jungle Ruler was a front runner who dared his opponents to run him down. On no less than 20 occasions he did so with ultimate success.
So it was fitting his first ever winner, Jungle Queen, did exactly the same when scoring on her debut at Echuca on Monday.
The Chris Davis trained grey filly bounced out of the barriers, went to the front and was never headed.
“She’s always shown us something this filly. She won a trial at Tatura hard held and ten wide,” Davis said post-race.
Bred by Meredith and Nigel Berry at their Illowra Stud on the northern edges of Nagambie, the filly was just the second runner for her plucky sire.
Bombora Downs’ Christoph Bruechert said Jungle Ruler was a great horse to work with and compares him with a former Bombora based grey sire, the Group 1 producing Jugah.
“Jungle Ruler is a well-loved character on the farm….he’s a rat bag really,” Christoph said.
“I really admire tough horses that commit. He was a horse that was tough and always tried his guts out.
“Much like Jugah, Jungle Ruler put a real sense of determination into his stock.
“Nigel and Meredith have been supporting me for many years. They put a lot of thought into what they are doing. I am delighted to see them get this win.”
Driving back from the Echuca success on Monday, Meredith was thrilled with the win.
“We’ve always rated her. She is very athletic and has a very long stride,” Meredith said.
“She is a well-mannered filly and still has a lot of growing to do.”
Meredith said her and Nigel counted Christoph as an old friend.
“Christoph rang up a few years ago and said to Nigel, ‘I need a mare’…so we sent down Tinge of Gold who produced Jungle Queen (in 2014).”
Now the Berrys have another Jungle Ruler youngster on the ground at Nagambie and plan to send a further mare down to Bittern to visit the grey sire this season.
Jungle Ruler, a son of Lion Hunter, stands for a fee of $2,750 (GST incl.) at Bombora Downs. He is nominated for VOBIS Sires giving breeders even more opportunities for a return. For more information, contact Christoph on 0419 534 961.