King work key to Eclipse raid
A workout this weekend will dictate whether Crackerjack King will make his British debut in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday week.
The four-year-old joined Newmarket-based Italian Marco Botti last month following a Group One victory for the trainer's cousin, Stefano Botti, at Capannelle.
He is entered in a number of top-level prizes in Britain and Ireland, but Sandown is his most likely first port of call.
"So far, so good with him. He's coming along nicely and we're happy with him," said Botti.
"He looks well and he'll have a piece of work on Saturday which will decide what we do. So far we are on target for the Eclipse.
"He is a horse who doesn't show too much at home - his half-brother, Jakkalberry, is the same.
"But he has done well physically and the family seem to do it on the track, so hopefully he can do the same.
"He is a Group One winner, so we have to stick at that class to start with and we will learn more about the horse."
Last week's Prince of Wales's Stakes winner So You Think could make his final racecourse appearance in the Eclipse and is the odds-on favourite across the board.
Crackerjack King is a best priced 16-1 for the 10-furlong prize.