Jaameh can go the distance, says Hayes
DAVID Hayes, trainer of Jaameh, is convinced his tough stayer would have been a topfive finisher in the Melbourne Cup last week.
“I’m not saying he would have won the Cup but taking a line through (third-placed) A Prince Of Arran, I’m sure he would have been in the first five,’’ Hayes said.
“This horse is a true stayer as you saw today.
“I had given up but I’m glad my horse didn’t.”
Jaameh fought back after being headed in the straight to win the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m).
In one of the most exciting finishes of the carnival, Jaameh ($3.30 favourite) outstayed Sully ($10) to win by a half head with Libran ($8) two lengths away third.
Hayes thought Jaameh was going to run another close placing when Sully got about a half length in front.
“I began to look away but (son) Ben started cheering and I realised our horse was rallying,” Hayes said.
“That is what he does, he’s such a strong stayer.”
Jaameh had finished second in the Bart Cummings, beaten narrowly by Avilius, then ran third behind A Prince Of Arran in the Lexus Stakes which meant he missed out on a start in the Melbourne Cup.
Winning rider Mark Zahra said Sully had got almost a length in front of Jaameh.
“I saved ground the whole way and I was lucky that it opened up for me on the inside,’’ Zahra said. “Sully went out and I went in. I reckon he had a length on me.
“The Hayes camp had him rock hard fit.
“I reckon that it was only the last 25 (metres) that I got the upper hand.’’
Hayes is hoping Jaameh’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes win will ensure the stayer gets into the major distance races next year.
“I think that might be enough to get his rating up for next year,’’ Hayes said.
“We will bring him back for the ($2 million) Sydney Cup in the autumn, and long term I hope we can get him to the Melbourne Cup next spring.
“He does enjoy Flemington and he’s a genuine two-miler who we haven’t got to a twomile race yet.’’