Group 2 triumph for Jakkalberry

11 March 2013

AKKALBERRY, a son of Watership Down’s mare Claba Di San Jore, landed the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold at Meydan on Saturday.

By Storming Home, Jakkalberry has won a group 1 in italy as well an american st leger and finished close third last season’s melbourne cup.

He beat a high-class field in Saturday’s race, earning a tilt at either the Dubai Sheema Classic or the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup Night (30 March).

He was ridden by Ryan Moore who always had Jakkalberry in a handy position before striking the front inside the closing stages.

Once in front, Moore just kept his mount up to his work and the pair recorded a half-a-length victory over Await The Dawn.

Trainer Marco Botti said: “He was due to run last week but was a bit quiet so we waited for this. He will have needed that so it was a bit of a surprise. We could step him up in trip for the Gold Cup or run in the Sheema Classic again.”

Jakkalberry is one of three Group 1 winners out of Claba Di San Jore. She was purchased for Watership Down Stud at the 2012 Tattersalls Breeding Stock Sale for 575,000gns.

The Fugue remains in training at four

10 March 2013

LORD and Lady Lloyd Webber’s champion filly The Fugue has been kept in training as a four-year-old.

Trained by John Gosden, the daughter of Dansili emerged as the best of her generation last year with her win in the Group 1 Nassua Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, the obvious highlight.

That day, under a cool ride by Richard Hughes, she swept from last to first to win cosily, beating four individual Group 1 winners (Timepeice, Was, Nahrain and Izzi Top).

She was mightily unlucky to have recorded just one top-flight success last season and will go down as one of the unluckiest losers of a classic ever when a fast-finishing third in the Oaks at Epsom, having been hampered on a number of occasions.

She also went down to Shareta by a narrow margin on unsuitably rain-softened ground in the Yorkshire Oaks before finishing her season with another third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Once again, the expression ‘dressed up with nowhere to go’ applies as The Fugue was full of running but the gaps never came for jockey William Buick and he passed the post still on the bridle, beaten just over a length by Zagora.

The Fugue’s Nassau Stakes triumph added to her tremendous placed efforts and her win in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York saw her crowned Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly.

Plans for The Fugue are in fruition but there is an exceptional programme for older fillies in Europe and fingers crossed she can add to her tally of wins this year.

Lady Madeleine Lloyd Webber said: “I am delighted that The Fugue remains in training. We do not retain that many yearlings each year so to get one as good as her is very special.

“She gave us some wonderful days last season and fingers crossed she can do the same this year.”

Treasury Devil strikes at Gulfstream Park

04 March 2013

TREASURY Devil provided Watership Down Stud with a winner ‘across the pond’ when scoring at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, 2 March.

The son of Bernardini won an Allowance Optional Claimer worth just shy of $58,000. Up in trip to 1m3f, Treasury Devil covered the ‘firm’ turf course in 2:13.53, beating Exclusive Strike by a length and a half.

Thomas Brandebourger, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, said: “He has improved since his last race and is more fit as well. He ran great. We're very happy with him. He likes the distance and we knew with the longer distance he would do better.”

Now five, Treasury Devil was formerly trained in the UK by John Gosden. As a juvenile he won twice and as a three-year-old he was placed on every start, including a decent third behind Ocean War in the Listed Newmarket Stakes at Newmarket.