Jaameh can go the dis­tance, says Hayes

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS QUEEN EL­IZ­A­BETH STAKES

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.’’

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