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Jakkalberry chasing Dubai gold

Jakkalberry is set to jet out to Dubai after making a victorious return after nearly a year off the track at Wolverhampton on Friday.

The eight-year-old has bagged over 1.3million in prize-money during his career and landed the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold at Meydan last March before he was sidelined by a tendon injury.

Jakkalberry showed he had recovered from that problem when easing home by three lengths in a conditions event at Dunstall Park and trainer Marco Botti is now eyeing two prep events at Meydan before a planned run on World Cup night.

The Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy on March 1 is a possibility, while another crack at the City Of Gold seven days later is another option.

Botti will then aim to field his charge in either the 12-furlong Dubai Sheema Classic or the one-mile-six-furlong Gold Cup.

He said: "I was very pleased with his run. He's come out of the race well and obviously the injury is under control, so it all seems to be going well.

"We are aiming for the race at Meydan on March 1 over a mile and six furlongs and he will also be entered for Super Saturday (City Of Gold) and we will make a decision nearer the time on which race to go for.

"He had been nominated for World Cup night and has entries for the Sheema Classic and the Gold Cup. My preference would be for the Gold Cup at this stage.

"We haven't really planned any further than Dubai, but I presume he will come back to England. He's a horse that needs fast ground so we will see where we go.

"His owners are Australian so they may want him to go to Australia in the long term, but he's an eight-year-old so we need to make sure he stays sound and there's plenty of options."