Derby Hopeful for Jakkalberry
Media Release - Tuesday October 2

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Botti is one step closer to the Group I VRC Derby (2500m) after winning at Geelong over 1755m on Monday.

BottiThe son of ill-fated stallion Jakkalberry is a close relation to the Baker-trained 2010 Gr.1 Victoria Derby winner Lion Tamer and his trainers are attempting to replicate that result this year with Botti.

Baker was pleased to see Botti win his Australian debut at his third career start as he said he needs to boost his prize money to try to get into better races later in the spring.

"He hit the line well," Baker told "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.

"I guess the next couple of starts will tell when he steps up in grade."- NZ Racing Desk