Fab­u­lous fifth in Mel­bourne

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Gor­don Brown

Na­keeta did his con­nec­tions and Scot­land proud when gal­lop­ing home an honourable fifth in the Mel­bourne Cup which was staged in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

Com­ing from well off the pace, Iain Jar­dine’s Dum­friesshire raider stayed on right to the line where he was six and half lengths adrift of Joseph O’Brien-trained win­ner Rekin­dling.

Rid­den by South African-born jockey Glyn Schofield, the six-year-old did best of those rac­ing in the rear group and picked up a cool £103,000 for his ef­forts.

Speak­ing from Aus­tralia, Jar­dine said: “It was a great per­for­mance and the wee horse has run a great race. He didn’t get in a po­si­tion to win but he stayed on well.

“It was a good ride from Glyn from a mod­er­ate draw and off a slow­ish pace. He got off and said they would def­i­nitely have been in the first three with a bet­ter draw.

“But I have no com­plaints as he fin­ished in front of a lot of good horses and I al­ways thought the win­ner was well-hand­i­capped and one of the main dan­gers. After all he has been run­ning in Clas­sics and was fourth in the St Leger and sec­ond in the Ir­ish equiv­a­lent.

“I ex­pect Na­keeta will be back home early next week and then he’ll have a well-de­served hol­i­day. His own­ers were well pleased with the run but we haven’t re­ally made any plans for next sea­son hand­i­caps could be tough so maybe Listed races are the way to go.

“He’s seems to be okay and has come out of the race well. Bruce and Chris Lynn, who have been with him all along, have done a fan­tas­tic job with him and he was spot on for the big day.” Trainer Iain Jar­dine with his lads Chris and Bruce Lynn with Na­keeta be­fore the race

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