Who says prayers and rain dances have no place in racing?
Mick Bell certainly doesn’t agree. Mother Nature is likely to give the Cranbourne trainer the perfect conditions for stable star Jungle Edge in Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted up to 20mm of rain on Friday, which is likely to push The Valley circuit into Jungle Edge’s preferred soft range.
But Bell said he was careful not to overdo his rain dances after a deluge forced the cancellation of Jungle Edge’s last assignment at The Valley in August.
“I’ve held back this time. I’ve only done three-quarters of the rain dance that I did the last time,” Bell joked.
“I don’t like to go the early crow about the weather because it can make a fool of you but it’s looking OK.
“It’s hard to get a wet track in Melbourne when these big races are on but, just for once, it might be working out all right.”
Bell only runs the 10-year-old Jungle Edge on soft tracks to look after the horse. But he has found the right conditions hard to come by in recent weeks, meaning the speedster hasn’t race since the Bletchingly Stakes on July 25.
Jockey Jade Darose will chase the biggest win of her career on Jungle Edge in Friday night’s Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Bell has kept Jungle Edge ticking over with trackwork but the gelding missed a gallop when stewards stopped the veteran sprinter from taking part in an exhibition gallop at Cranbourne earlier this month.
“Something has got to go right for once. I feel like nothing has gone right the last month,” Bell said.
“He’s just been ticking over ready to run a couple of times and things didn’t work out.
“He was supposed to work at the Cranbourne races Sunday week ago but the stewards wouldn’t let us run because of the COVID thing.”
But Bell was thrilled the rain is set to arrive in Melbourne on Friday. He said it would give hard-working jockey Jade Darose a chance to ride in a $1 million race.
“It’s good that it’s worked out that way because Jade does all the work and a month ago, it probably wasn’t looking like this was the way we were going to go,” Bell said.
Jungle Edge is a $13 chance to pull off a dream result for Bell and Darose.
Originally published asBell’s rain dance works for Moir
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