Crackerjack colt wins Italian Derby

Shamardal sired his latest classic winner when his second crop colt Crackerjack King won the G2 Italian Derby on Saturday.

Crackerjack King (3c Shamardal – Claba Di San Jore by Barathea) is trained by Stefano Botti and is now unbeaten in four starts.  He quickened to the front where it counted and won by two lengths with a little bit to spare from Cazals (Aussie Rules) and Danedream (Lomitas).

Shamardal has sired 28 stakes winners shuttling from Dalham Hall at Newmarket to Darley Australia.  French 2000 Guineas – Derby winner Loup de Vega arrived in his first northern crop and VRC Oaks winner Feint Perfume was the star of his first southern crop.

Crackerjack King is a younger half-brother to 2007 Italian Derby winner Awelmarduk (Almutawakel) and 2009 Italian Derby placegetter Jakkalberry (Storming Home).  

Jakkalberry won the G1 Gran Premio di Milano last year and added a six-length victory in the G3 Premio Carlo D’Alessio at Capannelle on Saturday.

Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) has sired 188 winners at a 66% strike-rate.  His black-type statistics are even more impressive with a 15% stakes winners to winners strike-rate!

Shamardal will stand at Darley Kelvinside for an $88,000 (inc gst) service fee in 2011.