Jameka Wins Naturalism Stakes Easily Draws Weight for Cups
Winning the Naturalism Stakes earned Jameka a ballot exemption for the $3.15 million Caulfield Cup, but the ease with which she did it, nearly four lengths, earned her another half kilo for chief Victorian handicapper Greg Carpenter.
She will carry 52 kg when she tries for the Caulfield Cup in mid-October and should she also run in the Melbourne Cup, she is looking to carry the same.
Very few four-year-old mares with that much weight have ever won the Caulfield Cup. It was done twice in close succession when Leilani won in 1974 and two years later by How Now in 1976. The same can be said of the Melbourne Cup of Light Fingers in 1965 that won with 52.5 kg and Ethereal in 2001.
It is not only the mares, however, being singled out. Chris Waller’s Sacred Master, winner of the Newcastle Cup last Friday, has been upped from 50.5 kg to 51 kg for the Caulfield Cup, which has Sacred Master at 56th in terms of Caulfield Cup order of entry. He is further up the list at 50th for the Melbourne Cup.
Jameka moved up to 14th for the Melbourne Cup. This far ahead of Australia’s most important race, the bookies at Sportsbet have her listed at $17 alongside Hartnell and Signoff, with that trio trailing Big Orange and Wicklow Brave at $15.
Odds quotes mean little with the race nearly two months out and do not necessarily mean that those horses will run.