Charlie Appleby was denied a Group 1 win with his first Australian runner
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By Mark Scully in Melbourne 7:59AM 15 OCT 2016
Report: Australia, Saturday
Caulfield: BMW Caulfield Cup (Group 1 Hcap), 1m4f, 3yo+, turf
SCOTTISH made a bold bid for Caulfield Cup glory but the Newmarket raider ultimately had to play second fiddle to the outstanding Jameka (Ciaron Maher/Nicholas Hall).
Apart from slightly fluffing his lines at the start, the Australian mission could hardly have gone any better for Scottish but Jameka looked weighted to win this prestigious prize on the best of her form and so it proved.
Kerrin McEvoy asked Scottish for everything but the four-year-old filly Jameka appeared on the scene like she had taken a shortcut to the top of the straight and powered clear to a ruthless three-length success.
Trainer Charlie Appleby was delighted with the performance and was immediately dreaming of claiming Group 1 glory with Scottish down under before his trip is done, with the Group 1 Emirates Stakes over 1m2f at Flemington on November 5 on the radar.
“We’re delighted to come over here and be in the first three, which is what we were aiming for,” he said.
“He just missed the kick and next thing he was running a bit free but Kerrin has given him a fantastic ride. He’s let the horse go forward and get into a nice rhythm.
“Full credit to the winner but for ourselves, he’s toughed out the trip well today and I suppose you could look at the Lexus [Group 3, 2500m at Flemington on October 29] and the Emirates Stakes.
“The Emirates may be the one because it gives him more time and he can be ridden more positively dropping back in trip.”
Scottish remains in contention for the Melbourne Cup and while Appleby would not rule out a shot at the race that stops a nation, he suggested a tilt at the marathon trip is unlikely.
Maher star continues to rise
For winning trainer Ciaron Maher, whose operation is based at Caulfield, this was a landmark success courtesy of a filly he holds in the highest regard and one who looks sure to have a big say in the Melbourne Cup on November 1.
“It’s a credit to the team and Nick gave her a perfect ride,” he said. “It’s one of the big three [along with the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup] so to win it is just fantastic.
“She’s quite a rare horse. I was happy to take on the boys in the autumn in the Derby because I think she’s an extraordinary horse and she’s proved that today.”
Jameka was cut from to 7-1 (from 14) for the Melbourne Cup with SkyBet. The same firm make Hartnell the 9-2 favourite. Scottish is 20-1.