The Sportsman Weekend - - News - CRAIG BREN­NAN

THE suc­cess of Jun­gle Edge is pro­vid­ing Cran­bourne trainer Mick Bell a lit­tle joy ahead of a loom­ing tough pe­riod.

With Christ­mas ap­proach­ing Bell en­ters the fes­tive sea­son with a tinge of sad­ness.

Ear­lier this year Bell’s wife Bev lost her bat­tle with breast cancer just be­fore Jun­gle Edge claimed his first stakes race win in Syd­ney.

Bell is tak­ing ad­van­tage of Vic­to­ria’s un­sea­sonal wet in chasing back-to-back wins with Jun­gle Edge in to­mor­row’s Sta­bil-Lime Group Hand­i­cap at Pak­en­ham.

It’s comes a week after Jun­gle Edge ploughed through the heavy con­di­tions at Sandown.

“It’s a gift to get a horse like this,” Bell said.

“A horse that is durable and hav­ing a real career, it’s a great thing so we’re get­ting a lit­tle bit of joy now be­fore head­ing into what is go­ing to be a pretty tough time.”

Bell said Jun­gle Edge had ticked nearly all the boxes to run on Satur­day.

He’s drawn bar­rier one for Ge­orgina Cartwright who landed her first met­ro­pol­i­tan win aboard the geld­ing last week.

“I’m just wait­ing on the re­sult of a blood test but I can’t imag­ine that it would be too bad as he’s feel­ing so good,” Bell said.

“The track has gone from a heavy to a slow, but there’s rain fore­cast, and my guess is we’ll get enough rain.

“And the new Pak­en­ham track is usu­ally on softer side.”

Cartwright’s 3kg claim brings Jun­gle Edge in with 60.5kg and while Bell ad­mits weight can an­chor horses he doesn’t see it be­ing a prob­lem on Satur­day.

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