Jakkalberry misses Melbourne
Connections have decided not to rush Jakkalberry back for a second crack at the Melbourne Cup.
The Marco Botti-trained seven-year-old was a fine third to Green Moon in the Flemington showpiece last November but has been sidelined with a tendon injury since winning the Group Two City of Gold at Meydan in March.
Botti will now prepare the entire for another trip to Dubai early next year.
"He's back in exercise but we just feel we are running out of time. I've spoken to the owners and we've decided to give the Melbourne Cup a miss. It's a long way and the time would be tight," said the Newmarket trainer.
"We still have enough time to get him ready for the Carnival. That is the plan. The horse has done well in Dubai so we will head to the Carnival instead.
"There are a few races he could run in. Obviously there's the mile-and-a-half race (Sheema Classic) and the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night where he was supposed to run this year. We are spoilt for a choice for races for a stayer like him."