The Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry is on track for a trip down under to contest the famed Melbourne Cup 2012 for their new Australian connections after a first-up effort at Royal Ascot last week.
Recently purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock along with their Group 1 performing half-brother Crackerjack King, six-year-old Storming Home stallion Jakkalberry is being groomed for the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on Tuesday November 6, 2012.
Jakkalberry may not have won a race since their six length romp in the Group 3 Carlo D’Alessio (2412m) at Rome in May last year but Botti is happy with their efforts since and progress heading towards the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
They caught the eye on Dubai World Cup Night when running a credible third to Cirrus Des Aigles in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic (2410m) before a 12 week break.
Resuming on June 23 at England’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes meeting, where Australia’s ace sprinter Black Caviar posted her 22nd consecutive turf triumph in the day’s namesake race, Jakkalberry ran fifth to Sea Moon in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (2414m).
“He has come out of Ascot well and I was happy. I thought he ran a good race,” Botti said.
“The ground was unfortunately on the soft side and we know he wants better ground.
“Perhaps also Ascot is not his track – he might be better suited by somewhere like Newmarket.”
The Hardwicke Stakes also featured a rematch between last year’s winning Melbourne Cup quinella with the French-trained winner Dunaden and the devastatingly close runner-up Red Cadeaux meeting again.
Mikel Delzangles’ Nicobar six-year-old Dunaden ran a good second in the Hardwicke beating Ed Dunlop’s Red Cadeaux, third, again.
Despite the loss Newmarket-based Dunlop is pleased with the progress of Red Cadeaux who is also heading towards the Melbourne Cup 2012.
“He’s come out of the race well. No plans of where he will go next,” Dunlop said.
“He’s been a star and hopefully he’ll continue to be a star.
“It will be back to Australia for the Melbourne Cup.”
Dunaden meanwhile shot to the top of the latest Melbourne Cup odds with their runners-up effort paying $19 through bookmaker.com.au as the equal early favourite with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
Jakkalberry meanwhile is rated a $41 chance in the futures Melbourne Cup betting markets.
The Italian-based Botti is looking at the Princess of Wales’s Goldsmiths Stakes at Newmarket on July 12 as the next-up run for Jakkalberry followed by a possible run in the Group 1 Irish St Leger (2816m) at The Curragh in September.
“We’re aiming him towards the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at the July meeting,” Botti said.
“Hopefully the rain will have stopped by then, but you never know. We’ve been saying that for a while.
“Many trainers have used the St Leger as a path towards the Melbourne Cup so that race is a possibility.”
Fellow Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock acquisition Crackerjack King is also heading towards the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 27 their major target.
“His best trip is a mile and a quarter so the Cox Plate is his race,” Botti said.
“We have several options before then, perhaps the Eclipse Stakes or the Juddmonte or maybe even the Arlington Million.”
Crackerjack King is an early fancy in the Cox Plate odds at bookmaker.com.au, which are led by Mark Kavanagh’s undefeated filly Atlantic Jewel ($4), paying $15.
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