Breeders’ Cup: International Group 1 goals on the agenda for Amy Murphy’s Manhattan Jungle | Race News

Amy Murphy has Group 1 targets in mind for Manhattan Jungle after her fine effort to finish second in the Prix de Cabourg at Deauville earlier this month.

Bungle’s daughter Inthejungle was a member of Murphy’s enterprising raiding party who set up shop at Chantilly in a satellite yard at the start of the season and she made the most of her time on the continent, winning three in a row, including Listed Rêves d’Or prize in Vichy.

This set the filly up perfectly for a tilt at the Queen Mary home at Royal Ascot, but the youngster was unable to make her mark from a draw.

However, given a six-week break to recover from their efforts at Ascot, Manhattan Jungle thrived on their first try at six furlongs when they returned to France for one of the support races on the Prix card. Rothschild of Deauville, pushing Aidan O’Brien’s Antarctica all the time. path to line.

Murphy is now considering her options for the two-year-old, with both the Prix Morny (August 21) back in Deauville and the Cheveley Park Stakes in Newmarket (September 24) under consideration, while the handler based in Newmarket also pointed to the Breeders’ Cup as another target given that Manhattan Jungle is owned by US-based Eclipse Thoroughbred Partnership.

“I was happy with Manhattan Jungle, I thought it had a blinder,” Murphy said. “I think she’s versatile and equally happy on five or six – she has the speed for five, but has now shown she’s all set at six, she crossed the line at Deauville with no problem.

“She’s in the Morny and the Cheveley Park, but we’ll see what those races are like before we decide if we’re going there or looking at something else. The Breeders’ Cup would absolutely be a long-term goal.”

On a beautiful afternoon in Normandy, Murphy’s Ipanema Princess also took the podium on the same chart in the Group Three Prix Six Perfections.

A winner at Epsom earlier in the season, the Kessaar daughter was hitting the frame in Pattern company for the first time – although the performance did not shock her master, who has always held the filly in high regard.

She continued: “I was delighted with her; we have always held her in high regard and we have always loved her.

“She is in Deauville this weekend, but unless the race is interrupted, I doubt that we will support her so quickly. ready. There are a lot of options over the next six weeks.”

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