'Berry will ripen for Cup

Trainer undaunted by weekend defeat for Cup hope

Last Updated: 23/10/12 11:49am

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Colm O'Donoghue: Has ridden Jakkalberry the last twice

Colm O'Donoghue: Has ridden Jakkalberry the last twice

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Marco Botti is still keen on the chances of Jakkalberry in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, despite his defeat on debut in Australia on Saturday.

The Newmarket handler felt the six-year-old was short of a run in the Caulfield Cup in which he finished 13th of 18 behind Dunaden, six and a half lengths behind the winner.

"He has come out of the Caulfield Cup well. I would say he needed the run. There had been a long gap since he won the American St Leger," said Botti.

"He's quite a robust horse and takes a lot of work.

"We didn't really want to hammer him for the Caulfield Cup, so he should come on quite a lot and perhaps the track at Melbourne might suit him better than Caulfield.

"That was a very sharp track and it looked like going round the bends he got outpaced and then stayed on.

"Despite him finishing midfield I wouldn't be negative for the Melbourne Cup.

"He's a horse who goes there with a decent chance and perhaps he will be at his peak for that race. The extra distance will suit him as well."

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