The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOOGOOD

The Lind­say Park sta­ble al­ready has Moonee Val­ley Cup win­ner Ven­tura Storm qual­i­fied for the Mel­bourne Cup.

But co-train­ers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig are keen for Jaameh to also force his way into next Tues­day’s race via to­mor­row’s Group 3 Lexus Stakes at Flem­ing­ton.

Jaameh is chas­ing the Mel­bourne Cup bal­lot ex­emp­tion on of­fer to win­ner of to­mor­row’s 2500m race as he sits 43rd in the lat­est or­der of en­try on just 50kg.

The six-year-old has good Flem­ing­ton form hav­ing won twice over 2500m at the track this spring while last start he tested Avil­ius in The Bart Cum­mings (2500m) be­fore go­ing down by a short half­head.

Avil­ius won an ex­emp­tion with that vic­tory and is among the lead­ing Mel­bourne Cup con­tenders.

Jaameh gal­loped on the course proper at Flem­ing­ton on Tues­day morn­ing and Ben Hayes is op­ti­mistic the stayer can do the job to­mor­row firm right up in Cup mar­kets.

“I loved his work on Tues­day morn­ing,” Hayes said.

“He was lovely and re­laxed and just got stronger stronger into his gal­lop and didn’t do too much.

“I’m hop­ing that he wins the Lexus and will def­i­nitely be back­ing up if he pulls up well.

“He’s had a month be­tween runs so he should be able to han­dle the back-up. He’s a big tough horse so I don’t think it will be an is­sue.”

Con­nec­tions have opted to bide their time with Jaameh since The Bart Cum­mings and wait for the Lexus Stakes.

“We would have run him in a Gee­long Cup or some­thing but he was so low in the rat­ings could have won that and we still wouldn’t have got in,” Hayes said.

“The Lexus is au­to­matic en­try and he would get in with a light weight. But we’ve got to win the Lexus first.

“I think he can.”

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