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Jameka will need to make history to win Melbourne Cup

Nicholas Hall riding Jameka celebrates winning the 2016 Caulfield Cup on Saturday. Photo: Quinn RooneyCaulfield Cup-winning mare Jameka, who is now second favourite for the Melbourne Cup, will have to defy a weight-carrying record if she is to clinch the elusive double.
Nanjing Night Net

As Jameka raced away from her rivals on Saturday, bookmakers around Australia slashed the mare’s price from $12 to $5 second favourite behind class galloper Hartnell.

Much will now depend on how Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter views the performance of the four-year-old mare in the $3 million Caulfield Cup.

But Carpenter has little room to move. The heaviest weight carried by a four-year-old mare was Light Fingers who had just 52.5 kilograms on her back in 1965

No mare has won the race with any more weight and the two mares to win the Caulfield and Melbourne cups double were Let’s Elope, who had 51kg in 1991, and then in 2001 Ethereal had 52kg.

Jameka already has 52kg in Australia’s most revered handicap and with an expected penalty from Carpenter may well have to be one of the great mares of modern time. And while Jameka was being hailed the horse of the spring carnival, the performance of runner-up Scottish was indeed staggering.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said moments after Scottish’s amazing second place that “all options are now open”, referring to the import’s program going forward this spring.

Scottish remains tight at $21 in the Melbourne Cup. After missing the start the horse was forced to travel wide and then go to the front down the side of the Caulfield track and into a gusting wind.

However Scottish never gave up and it took all of Jameka’s heart to reel in the imported galloper.

Jameka, remarkably, was friendless come race time with the horse blowing out from $3.40 to $4. The winner of last year’s VRC Oaks, Jameka gave Nick Hall his second Caulfield Cup success after having won the race three years ago on Fawkner .

Jameka also gave Ciaron Maher his first Caulfield Cup winner in his short but highly successful career.

Exospheric was another good run in the race, finishing powerfully and the best performance outside those was that of the David Hayes-trained Almoonqith, who finished fourth but was near last coming to the home turn.

Hayes was in two minds whether to start Almoonqith in the Caulfield Cup or keep the horse going and run him in the Geelong Cup, the race he won last year. Almoonqith is now very much a live Melbourne Cup chance as Hayes has always maintained he is a stayer of the future.

Of the international division there will only be one of the group going onto the Melbourne Cup and that will be Scottish if connections believe he can cope with the 3200m.

The German galloper, Articus, who was the medium of strong support over the last eight weeks, was overwhelmed by the occasion and was upset going into the barriers and subsequently caught wide when making its run.

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