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Jakkalberry will be sadly missed

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Written by Paul Vettise

The next few seasons may well highlight what a loss to the breeding industry Jakkalberry (IRE) was when he was cut down in his prime.

The globe-trotting son of Storming Home (GB) won 12 races in four different countries, including the G1 Grand Premio Di Milano, and finished third in the G1 Melbourne Cup and the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic.

Jakkalberry

He was subsequently secured by Luigi Muollo in 2014 as the foundation stallion at Novara Park, Cambridge, but died earlier this year after succumbing to an intestinal infection.

“Jakkalberry is leaving a consistent line of horses with natural speed that settle back and run on and stepping up to 2000 metres plus is exactly what they need.” - Luigi Muollo said.

“It was very, very sad. Jakkalberry is leaving a consistent line of horses with natural speed that settle back and run on and stepping up to 2000 metres plus is exactly what they need,” Muollo said.

“They are probably at their best at 2400 metres and have the ability to get out to 3200 metres, but with enough speed to win at a mile.

“I’ve got 20 mares foaling this spring from the last crop of Jakkalberry and some nice ones for Karaka, including a half-sister to Gingernuts and a half to Pick Number One, the champion 3-year-old in Singapore. The dam is a half-sister to Vin De Dance.

“I’ve also sent Murray Baker a Jakkalberry 3-year-old half-brother to Vin De Dance.” – Luigi Muollo.

“I’ve also sent Murray Baker a Jakkalberry 3-year-old half-brother to Vin De Dance.”

Baker and training partner Andrew Forsman also prepare the G1 VRC Derby hope Botti (NZ) (Jakkalberry), raced by Muollo’s brother Tony, who had a luckless passage when beaten into fifth at Moe on Thursday.

G1 VRC Derby hope, Botti

And at Caulfield on Saturday, Jakkalberry will be represented in the G3 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal S., by the promising Matt Cumani-trained filly Pressure (NZ).

While at the Rotorua meeting on the same day, the Listed Jakkalberry Classic will be run and the card also features the Sweynesse Classic. The dual Group 3 winner Sweynesse (Lonhro) retired to Novara Park in 2016.

Group 1 blood

Muollo shares in the ownership of Pressure, who was bred by his brother and is out of a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) and Pressday (Domesday).

Their dam Presslist (Librettist {USA}) is from the family of the G1 Avondale Gold Cup winner The Mighty Lions (NZ) (Grosvenor) and has recently foaled a colt by Maurice (JPN) (Screen Hero {JPN) and will be served by No Nay Never (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}.

Pressure was a 2080 metre maiden winner in August and a month later finished third in the Kennedy Oaks Trial at Flemington.

Pressure breaking her maiden at Cranbourne

“She has still got a bit of furnishing to do and she’ll be physically better come the autumn and the trainer thinks so too,” Muollo said.

“We’re really happy with her and she won by four lengths going away in her maiden.” – Luigi Muollo.

“We’re really happy with her and she won by four lengths going away in her maiden. She came back to 1800 metres last time and didn’t like being boxed in on the fence.

“She’ll appreciate the step up in distance on Saturday and racing more freely on the outside.”

Aside from his Group wins, Novara’s Sweynesse also ran second in the G1 Spring Champion S., and as a 3-year-old finished eighth, beaten less than two lengths, in the G1 Cox Plate behind Adelaide (IRE) (Galileo {IRE}).

“He was a very, very good horse and he was unlucky in the Cox Plate, but lucky he didn’t win otherwise we wouldn’t have him,” Muollo said. “Even the broodmares get excited to see him.”

Sweynesse is now standing at Novara Park

Another stallion story

Muollo is also standing the G1 New Zealand Derby runner-up What’s The Story (NZ) (Savabeel) at Peter and Sue Westend’s Norwegian Park.

“At the time, I thought I had another stallion coming and didn’t have enough room for three at Novara Park, but missed out so I placed him at Norwegian.

“He was a very good horse and injury prevented him from showing his best and he’s got a nice book. He’s picking up mares all the time.”

What’s The Story won two of his 10 starts and is out of Tall Story (NZ) (Carnegie {IRE }), who is a half-sister to the triple Group 1 winner Tall Poppy (NZ) (Kaapstad {NZ}). Their dam is the Group 1 winner Fun On The Run (NZ) (Racing Is Fun {USA}).

What's The Story