Blom shot Jungle Rock past a tiring Whisky Bravo moments after the field turned into the 500m run-in. Jungle Rock gave his supporters an anxious moment by veering left when Blom showed him the whip 300m from home, but straightened up and ran on to win by 2 ½ lengths from Another Treat, who held fast-finishing Doubly Sure out of second place by a neck.
Jungle Rock, fast becoming the most popular horse in training on the Rand, returned to a tumultuous welcome although there was barely enough room for him in the No 1 box. The Southern Sun Classic victory was Jungle Rock's fourth from eight career starts and shot his earnings to R340.290.
The Sun Classic did not have a happy ending for jockey Blom, who was found guilty of causing interference on Jungle Rock and was suspended for three weeks.
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