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13/2/2020 Darose ready to rumble in Sydney jungle 

Photo: Jade Darose aboard Jungle Edge

After scoring an upset win on a Soft 7-rated surface at Caulfield on February 1, Jungle Edge has followed the rain to Randwick, where Darose will make her Sydney debut in the Listed Southern Cross Stakes over 1200 metres.

Darose has worked with Jungle Edge as his non-race day rider for five years but it was only at the horse's 75th start that she won the race-day ride and made the most of it, scoring in the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes at Caulfield at the odds of $21.

A dual licence-holder who has ridden 199 winners and trained six, Darose has only been permitted to ride in Sydney for the past 13 months after a rule change.

Linda Meech was the first to ride a winner as a dual licence-holder in Sydney when she rode the first two winners at Randwick in the first week of January last year.

Trainer Mick Bell said he was pleased to again offer Darose the ride: "It's a great part of a great story that Jade won on him and I reckon we'll get the conditions (heavy track) and he'll be really hard to beat again."

If he had not been entered to run in Sydney this Saturday, the winner of $1.5 million in stakes and 17 races would have been parading for the crowd at Buchan for the town's Cup meeting that day as one of Jungle Edge's part-owners is the club secretary Ian Dunkley.

"Hopefully they can all see him winning again on the big screen there at Buchan," Bell said.
In early betting markets Jungle Edge is battling for favouritism at $3.20 just behind Special Reward $3.10. Check out the early Randwick betting markets.


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