Eclipse an option for new Botti recruit Crackerjack King

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By Jon Lees
Racing Post

Crackerjack King The four-year-old colt left Botti’s brother Stefano on Monday after ending his career in Italy with a Group 1 victory in Sunday’s Premio Presidente della Repubblica following Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock‘s purchase of a half share in the horse.

“One of my owners from Australia who owns Jakkalberry bought 50 per cent through Blandford Bloodstock,” said Botti.

“Once he is in the yard we will see how he settles in. He has been entered in the Eclipse. I’m not saying he will go for the Eclipse but at this stage it’s a possibility to run at Sandown.

“There are a lot of mile-and-a-quarter races, the Juddmonte could be another, although we will have to take on Frankel. He is also entered in the Arlington Million and later in the year he could go for the Cox Plate but that’s a bit far away.”

Crackerjack King is Jakkalberry’s half-brother and has been beaten only once in six starts.

Botti added: “He is a progressing horse. His only defeat was in the French Derby but I know he didn’t travel well to France. He won the Italian Derby and his best trip is a mile and a quarter. He showed a tremendous turn of foot on Sunday, he travelled well and picked up to win in good style.”

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