COMPLETING a rapid rise through the grades this season will result in Jungle Eyes facing his “toughest test” during the weekend.
Competitive against the best of his crop last term, Jungle Eyes has been in phenomenal form this campaign, winning six of his seven starts.
A first-up third has been followed by the trotter’s winning streak.
As such Jungle Eyes is poised to clash with open class opposition at Club Menangle on Saturday night, with trainer Steven Lee citing the task ahead as a “good indicator of where he is at”.
“He sure has gone through the grades pretty quickly,” Lee said. “I took him to Victoria for the Derby last year and I reckon that trip has made him as a racehorse.
“He sat in the breeze when fourth in a heat, but lost all chance by galloping in the Final.
“I gave him a good break after that and this time in he has just come along in leaps and bounds.
“Saturday night will be his toughest test, but I am very interested to see how he handles it.”
To be driven by James Locke, Jungle Eyes has drawn barrier three, but slots into two with the removal of the emergency.
“He’s got a bit of gate speed so we will let him go at the start and see where he lands,” Lee said. “So far whatever has been put in front of him he has handles, so I’m sure he won’t disgrace himself.”