Hayes eyes Melbourne Cup with Jaameh (IRE)

David Hayes will give Jaameh (IRE) the opportunity to qualify for the Melbourne Cup after a solid win in the $120,000, VRC Members Maureen O'Connell Handicap (2510m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Ridden by Regan Bayliss, Jaameh settled at the rear of the field in the 2500-metre contest and was the strongest to the line, easily accounting for his rivals, with My Nordic Hero second and Kilimanjaro third.

Jaameh has only had three runs in Australia, with his effort at Headquarters his second victory, and now Hayes is eyeing The Bart Cummings as a race that could see him qualify for the Melbourne Cup.

"He will head to The Bart Cummings and get qualified, that is the way we are definitely going to go and definitely a run in between," he said.

"He has got similar formline to a horse like Tawqeet, who started favourite (in the Melbourne Cup) one year, and won a Caulfield Cup, and I think he has improved out here, with a bit of sun on his back he has improved a length or two.

"It was a really good staying performance.

"I loved the way he took the extra furlong to pull up, with stayers heading to longer races, I always look at how quickly they stop.

"We were really hopeful today, it ended up a truly-run race, it was a good test I thought it was quite a dominant performance."

Jaameh (IRE) and Regan Bayliss, picture