Crackerjack King has won seven of his eight career startsPICTURE: Hippogroup Roma Capannelle-Scoopdyga
Botti reports Crackerjack on course for the Eclipse
HAVING impressed new trainer Marco Botti in a workout on Saturday morning under Ryan Moore, Italian Derby winner Crackerjack King has been given the green light to make his British debut in the Coral-Eclipse.
A winner of seven of his eight starts to date, his only defeat came when disappointing in the Prix du Jockey Club last year on soft ground - the only time he has raced on ground softer than good.
Botti said: "Crackerjack King worked very well this morning under Ryan Moore. He is in very good form and while the Eclipse will be a very competitive race I think the stiff finish at Sandown will really suit him and it is his best trip.
"We would prefer good ground for the race. With regards jockeys we will be using Ryan Moore or Frankie Dettori depending on Sir Michael Stoute and Godolphin running plans."
Godolphin have Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso engaged while the possibility of supplementing Prince Of Wales's hardluck story Farhh at a cost of £30,000 on Monday has been mooted so Dettori is unlikely to be available for the July 7 Group 1 so Botti will need the Queen's Carlton House to not run if Moore is to be available.
The sponsors make the Aidan O'Brien-trained So You Think the 4-5 favourite for what will in all likelihood be his final start in the UK. Alain Royer Dupre could send Giofra on a cross-Channel raid, but Nathaniel is expected to line up, as is Bonfire.
Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing at the Esher track, said: "Next Saturday's Coral-Eclipse is really shaping into a fantastic renewal and we are very much looking forward to running the highlight of our Flat season. The ground is currently good."