Posted: 17 October, 2016
by Racing Newsroom
Big Jameka Penalty Throws Melbourne Cup Chances In Doubt
Re-handicap announced after Caulfield Cup win
Jameka has been re-handicapped following her dominant win in Saturday's $3.15 million BMW Caulfield Cup.
The four-year-old will be penalised an extra 1.5kg, taking her total handicap to 53.5kg. This represents around three lengths over 3,200m, the same distance she defeated Scottish by on Saturday.
The penalty means Jameka will have to make history if she is to triumph at the race that stops the nation. The current weight-carrying record by a four-year-old mare is Light Fingers all the way back in 1965 with 52.5kg.
However, there is hope in the record books as the last horse to win the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double, Ethereal, was given a 2kg penatly after Caulfield in 2001.
Overall 11 Caulfield Cup winners have gone on to win the Melbourne Cup, although the last seven Melbourne Cup winners did not appear at Caulfield.
Racing Victoria Executive General Manager - Racing, Greg Carpenter said the impressive nature of Jameka's win meant that she could not escape the penalty.
“While she was clearly the dominant stayer at Caulfield on Saturday," said Carpenter. "Jameka will face a new challenge in the Melbourne Cup when she lines up against a second wave of International rivals including Big Orange, Irish St Leger winner Wicklow Brave, Ebor Handicap winner Heartbreak City and classy Japanese stayer Curren Mirotic.
"There is also the prospect of Hartnell running in the Melbourne Cup off a mark of 55kg, after he takes on super mare Winx in the Cox Plate this Saturday, which would certainly make for a vintage running of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.”
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