Jakkalberry has been ruled out of the 2013 Melbourne Cup with a tendon injury.
The seven-year-old placed an impressive third behind Green Moon and Fiorentein last year’s race.
However, despite already nominating for the 2013 Caulfield Cup, Jakkalberry’s trainer Marco Botti has confirmed that he will no longer travel to Australia this spring.
Jakkalberry sustained his tendon injury after winning the Group 2 City of Gold at Meydan in Dubai earlier this year and he will now be saved for a return in the same place next March.
“He’s back in exercise but we just feel we are running out of time,” Botti said.
“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.
“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.”
Jakkalberry has won 11 of his 28 race starts and has earned more than $2.15 million in prize money during his horse racing career.
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