Jakkalberry Springs Surprise at San Siro

Jakkalberry upset the field in the Gran Premio di Milano (It-I) at San Siro June 13.

Lightly-regarded Jakkalberry gave trainer Endo Botti his first group I victory by resolutely holding off Getaway to record a three-quarter length win in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) at San Siro June 13.

Jockey Fabio Branca, who also notched his first group I victory in the di Milano, kept the 4-year-old son of Storming Home under a strong hold at the back of the pack for much of the race. Campanologist, under Frankie Dettori, was the first to kick for home, taking over the lead with three furlongs to run. He was soon collared by German raider Getaway, who briefly appeared to be home free.

Branca had Jakkalberry under a strong drive and the pair emerged from the pack to challenge Getaway in the final furlong. The two runners ran on even terms for a few strides, but it was the Italian-based runner who was the strongest of the pair, determinedly holding off Getaway to record the victory.

Godolphin’s Campanologist finished third, another 3 1/4 lengths back. Final time for the 12-furlong contest was unavailable.

On the same race card, Jakkalberry’s 3-year-old half-brother, Kidnapping (by Intikhab) captured the listed Gran Premio d’Italia.  Both colts are out of the Barathea mare Claba Di San Jore, and were bred in Ireland by Azienda Agricola Allevamento Deni.