Reproduced from Breednet. By Tara Madgwick

A fast stayer with an exceptional pedigree by an outstanding shuttle sire in Shamardal, Crackerjack King (IRE) stands at Wyndholm Park Stud in Victoria and has his first two year-old runners this season, which are sure to spark interest given the burgeoning stud success being enjoyed by his ill-fated half-brother Jakkalberry (IRE).

With his oldest progeny just turned three, the Jakkalberry stock are showing real promise.

Jakkalberry is the sire of Group III placed Thomas Aquinas, who is headed towards the Group I New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and smart Australian winners Gelignite Jack and Pressure, who ran a bold race for third in the $60,000 VRC Oaks Trial at Flemington last Wednesday following a four length maiden win at Cranbourne in August.

Gelignite Jack and Pressure are both trained by Matt Cumani.

“I’ve got two very good Jakkalberrys – I just fell in love with his progeny at the sales (in NZ),” Cumani said.

“Pressure might become an Oaks candidate, she goes very well and has a load of improvement to come and I think Gelignite Jack can figure as a late season Derby hopeful as he also has a load of improvement in him.”

Jakkalberry yearlings sold for up to $440,000 at the 2017 NZB Premier and Select Sales with his top seller a half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner Efficient from star producer Refused the Dance.

Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have high hopes for their Jakkalberry three year-old Botti, who was a tenacious winner at Geelong on Monday at his first Australian start.

Botti is a close relation to the Baker-trained 2010 Group I Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer and his trainers are attempting to replicate that result this year with the talented young stayer.

“He hit the line well,” Baker told racing.com. “He’s a staying horse so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Jockey Damian Lane said Botti had the right attributes heading towards a Derby.

“He’s got a good attitude. He relaxes and he’s going to get over further,” Lane said.

Imported to Australia as a potential Cups horse by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Crackerjack King had only four starts here before his career was curtailed through injury, but a third in the Group I MRC Underwood stakes behind Foreteller (GB) and Happy Trails was some indication of his class.

“He had terrific natural speed and was a genuine Group I horse,” said his trainer David Hayes.

Crackerjack King won seven of 14 starts up to 2200 metres with highlight victories in the Group I Rome Premio Presidente della Repubblica and Group II Italian Derby.

“He could carve our four successive sub-11 second furlongs in a race and sustain his speed to be a Group I winner at 2000m. He was a sensationally fast stayer,” said Darren Dance of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.

His female pedigree is one of the best in the world as Crackerjack King is a half-brother to Group I winners Jakkalberry and Awelmarduk as well as stakes-winners Kidnapping and Joyful Hope.

His dam Claba Di San Jore is a blue hen of the highest order with eight winners from 10 foals to race, three of them Group I winners making her one of the top 50 broodmares in the world .

Crackerjack King is one of over 120 stakes-winners sired by Darley’s top class sire Shamardal, who enjoyed success in Australia as the sire of local Group I winners Faint Perfume, Delectation, Captain Sonador and Maybe Discreet, not to mention the Aussie bred HK based World Champion Miler Able Friend.

Shamardal has also proven his stripes as a sire of sires, most notably through his French Derby winning son Lope de Vega (IRE), who shuttled to Australia for four seasons.

Lope de Vega has certainly made his mark in spectacular fashion as the sire of high class sprinters Vega Magic and Santa Ana Lane, currently favourite for the $13million the Everest on October 13.

A fast stayer from a strong female family, Lope de Vega has more than a little in common with Crackerjack King and given the burgeoning stud success of Jakkalberry, the dashing grey stallion looks great value at a fee of $6,600.

Werribee Racing Club and Spendthrift Australia this week announced the signing of a deal that will see new naming rights for the Werribee Racecourse.

Commencing from 1 October 2018, the Werribee Racecourse will be known as Spendthrift Australia Park at Werribee.

“We are thrilled to announce this fantastic partnership with leading Victorian-based breeding and racing farm Spendthrift Australia.” Said Werribee Racing Club General Manager Ashley Baker.

“The name remains respectful of the proud history of the Werribee Racing Club which dates back to 1861, with the partnership marking a new era for our Club as we look to re-establish ourselves as a leader in the local community and the racing industry.

“Spendthrift Australia are significant contributors to the industry, particularly here in Victoria, and this is a great opportunity to come together and work in partnership to grow our brands both on and off the track.”

Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy was equally enthusiastic about the announcement.

“We are very excited to take over the naming rights to the Werribee Race Club, a club with a wonderful history and a great vision towards the future. A partnership like this signifies the intention of Spendthrift to establish ourselves as a leading farm in Victoria and Australia.”

Spendthrift Australia Park is also the home of the Racing Victoria International Quarantine Centre, which for the first time this year is at capacity with 32 international raiders being housed in the three compounds.

Spendthrift Australia is owned by American based Spendthrift, one of North American’s biggest and most successful stallion farm operators. They bought Yallambee Stud near Romsey in 2015 and have since spent millions of dollars developing the property.

This breeding season, Spendthrift Australia is standing six stallions including new sires Overshare (a son of I Am Invincible) and Gold Standard (a son of Sebring).