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Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock-owned Jakkalberry has been retired to stand at stud after being found to have suffered an injury following his win at Wolverhampton in England last Saturday.
Jakkalberry was on track to head to Dubai for a second straight tilt at the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold (2410m) at Meydan in March, but connections have opted to retire the eight-year-old rather than ask him to return from another injury.
“He came home from his win at Wolverhampton in great form and all was looking set for Dubai, where we had planned to take him to win the Group 2 City of Gold for the second year,” trainer Marco Botti told The Racing Post.
“He returned back from exercise this morning a little sore, exploratory tests have told us that this is the time to call it a day with him.
“He is fine in himself and in great spirits, but it would be unfair to keep persevering with him.”
Jakkalberry did the majority of his racing in Italy, but also contested major races in Dubai, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.
He was purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock in February of 2012 to be a Melbourne Cup contender and finished fifth behind Sea Moon in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes during the 2012 Royal Ascot Meeting before winning the inaugural edition of the American St. Leger Stakes (2714m).
The Storming Home entire made his Australia racing debut with a disappointing 13th place finish in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and produced arguably the best performance of his career when working home strongly to finish third in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Jakkalberry was set to return to Australia for the 2013 Melbourne Cup, but suffered an injury during his preparations for the race and was unable to join stablemate Dandino in the Group 1 event.
The veteran stayer was the first horse purchased by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock that remained in the care of Botti and the leading European trainer was quick to pay credit to Jakkalberry as well as his owners.
“He has been a great horse for all of the team,” Botti said.
“He ran so well in the Melbourne Cup and this has to be one of the many highlights in his career.
“He has been a delight to train and we have had some brilliant fun with his supportive owners, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.”
Dandino, Tac De Boistron and Kelinni remain under the care of Botti and they are all a chance of returning to Australia for the 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
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