05/26/2010 11:00PM

Jungle Wave eligible to improve

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Jungle Wave began his last campaign with a flourish, winning his first two starts here and then going on to become a stakes winner in the seven-furlong Play the King on the turf course. Now, after a rather flat fourth-place finish in his first start this year, Jungle Wave will be looking to bounce back in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Connaught Cup, a seven-furlong turf race.

Jungle Wave, who was claimed for $62,500 from his 2009 debut, also finished fourth last year in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and third in the Grade 2 Nearctic over six furlongs of grass.

Sent off as the tepid 2-1 choice in the prep for the Connaught Cup here May 15 with Chantal Sutherland in the irons for the first time, Jungle Wave finished 6 1/4 lengths behind upset winner Major Marvel.

"I thought he ran okay," said trainer Sid Attard, "He has to be a little closer early. Chantal is going to know him better this time."

Jungle Wave signaled his readiness with a four-furlong breeze in 47.20 here Tuesday under exercise rider Andy Sykes.