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Jameka Melbourne Cup Penalty

Tuesday, 18th October 2016

Jameka will have to defy history if she is to win next month's $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington after receiving a 1.5 kilogram penalty for winning last Saturday's Caulfield Cup. The Ciaron Maher-trained mare will now carry 53.5kg in Australia's most famous race. "Jameka was a brilliant winner of the Caulfield Cup on Saturday and has been penalised 1.5 kilograms for this year's Melbourne Cup, taking her handicap to 53.5kg," Racing Victoria Executive General Manager of Racing, Greg Carpenter told racing.com. "A penalty of 1.5 kilograms represents around three lengths over 3200 metres, which is the same margin she defeated Godolphin stayer Scottish by on Saturday." He added: "Jameka will create a new chapter in racing's history books if she can win the Melbourne Cup with 53.5 kilograms, with the current weight-carrying record by a four-year-old mare set by Bart Cummings' first Melbourne Cup winner, Light Fingers, who won the Cup in 1965 with 52.5 kilograms." Jameka will bid to become the 12th horse in history to complete the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double. The last horse to achieve the feat was champion New Zealand mare Ethereal in 2001.

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