Gun wet-tracker Jungle Edge will likely be given another chance to exploit the unusually wet start to the Victorian summer at Racing.com Park Pakenham on Saturday.
Trainer Mick Bell had originally planned to spell the son of Dubawi following his victory in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes last month but decided to pull the seven-year-old out of the paddock when he saw the weather forecast last week.
That decision paid dividends with his victory over 1000m at Sandown last Saturday and Bell said with the rain hanging around during the early part of this week, he would likely give Jungle Edge one more run this preparation at Pakenham on Saturday.
"He pulled up scarily well," Bell said.
"I took him for a roll yesterday and I had a lot of trouble getting him back to his paddock without him getting away so it was very pleasing how he’s pulled up.
"If I say it's definitely his last run before he goes out then it will keep raining so it’s definitely his last run."
Jungle Edge winning at Sandown-Hillside, picture Quentinjlang.com
Bell said it wouldn’t concern him if the rain stayed away and the track improved from its current Soft 7 rating but he was concerned over how much weight his stable star would be allocated even allowing for apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright’s 3kg claim.
"I hope the handicapper is kind to him, that would be one consideration whether not to run if he is penalised too much," he said.
"We will have to claim again, when he goes back to races where you can’t claim then Kevin (Forrester) will be straight back on him, he’s got a great association with the horse and with me but while we’re in races that we can claim, it would be silly not to.
"Georgina (Cartwright) did such a good job the other day, why wouldn’t you claim?"
Bell said aside from helping him through the grief of losing his wife Bev earlier this year, Jungle Edge has proven a remarkable horse for all associated with the gelding.
"Not only did I lose my wife and this horse has really helped but one of the other owners actually died a week after we purchased the horse and his family has a great thrill watching him run and win," Bell said.
"There’s a lot of good back stories and the horse has just brought so much joy to a lot of people, it’s unbelievable.
"It’s a feel good story and we’re just enjoying the ride, it’s so good."