Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jinks Carrying Region's Gold Cup Hopes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jinks Carrying Region's Gold Cup Hopes

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Yes, we've heard that all before. But competing for the Hennessy means a lot more than that.

To have a horse good enough to be considered for one of the major handicaps of the winter is an achievement itself, especially for a relatively small, unfashionable yard.

But George Moore finds himself in such a position with Jungle Jinks who deserves a crack at a big prize and, in the eyes of his trainer, is capable of winning one.

As for the owners, Mary Hatfield and her daughter Sue, from Hartlepool, they aren't worried where the gelding finishes as long as he comes home safe and sound.

They don't talk through their pockets, so no ante-post gamble to worry about, and that takes some of the pressure off Moore.

"I'm not going to suggest he will win the Hennessy, or even be placed, but he is a very good horse and has earned the right to be there," Moore emphasised.

"All being well, after the Hennessy he will go straight for the Welsh National."

It sounds ambitious, but Moore is convinced he will win one of the big prizes this season.

Jungle Jinks has won six races, four over fences, since arriving at Warwick Lodge stables in Middleham, from the same Emerald Isle source as quite a few of Moore's jumpers.

"Peter Nolan has a good eye for a horse at the right price and has sent me some nice types. He rung me one day and said he had found a seven-year-old, which I thought was a bit old at the time, but he said he was a lovely horse and he would be worth having a crack at."

Jungle Jinks is not very big, but he is a sound jumper. "Russ Garritty got off him at Wetherby one day after he had won and said the horse had a heart as big as himself. Those fences there take some jumping but he loves the place and they hold no fears for him," revealed Moore.

The eight-year-old was beaten only once in five attempts over fences last season. That was at Wetherby, where he was successful on three other visits, and he found Keen Leader to be in a different league. But they were meeting on level terms and there would have been a two- stone difference at Newbury today if the top weight had accepted. …

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