Italian Group 1 winner who came to Australia with a fair bit of hype from many in the media – including me. He’s a globetrotter, having raced in Italy, Hong Kong, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia in the last 14 months. He came to Australia having run third to two good 2400m horses, Cirrus des Aigles and St Nicholas Abbey, in the Sheema Classic. He then ran fifth to Sea Moon in the Hardwicke, a race in which he finished behind Dunaden and Red Cadeaux but in front of My Quest For Peace.
I was taken by his win in the inaugural American St Leger, albeit when he beat nothing of note, so much so that I tipped him on top in the Caulfield Cup. I always believed Jakkalberry would be a better Caulfield Cup horse than a Melbourne Cup horse, but he showed little in the Caulfield Cup under a poor ride from Colm O’Donoghue. He was wide all the way so perhaps he should be forgiven, but he was still a beaten horse a long way out. Expect an improved performance but I couldn’t back him on what I saw in the Caulfield Cup. Not for me.
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Bred in: Ireland
Nationality: Italy/United Kingdom
Trainer: Marco Botti
Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue
Career Stats: 25: 10-2-3
Last 5 Starts: 33x51x0
Biggest Win: Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano (2400m), San Siro (Italy), 13/6/2010
TAB Sportsbet Fixed Odds (as at 7pm, Sunday November 4): $41