Fabulous fifth in Melbourne
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