The Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig firm combined with their partners of many years Shadwell Stud to claim the $300,000, Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) with Jaameh (IRE) under Mark Zahra at Flemington on Saturday for a very good tough win.
The win extended a line of form since August of six races for three wins, a second and third with stakes earnings of $395,400.
Sully (NZ) and Regan Bayliss outside with Jaameh (IRE) and Mark Zahra inside, picture Quentinjlang.com
The stable were not able to force a passage into the Melbourne Cup for Jaameh with the second in the Group 3 Bart Cummings over 2500m on October 6th and third in last Saturday’s Group 3 Hotham Handicap over 2500m. Both races ensured the winner a Cup field slot. Saturday’s win therefore was just reward for the effort.
That effort was mighty as well. Jaameh carried 56kg and after Zahra had gone to the lead with 300m to run they were challenged by Sully (NZ) with 54kg under Regan Bayliss. These two went away from the rest to fight the win out.
Sully came from the middle of the track to drift in towards Jaameh and while they did not touch, the inwards move definitely moved Jaameh in as well. Sully managed to get a head in front of Jaameh on his inside, but he fought back with strength to have a crucial half-head on the line.
Sully (Reliable Man) and Bayliss were clear of top-weight Libran (IRE) (Lawman) with 58kg under Ryan Moore, the margin 2L. Casterton was fourth.
The time was 2.45.09 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.10. Jaameh paid $3.30 on both fixed odds and the tote as the favourite.
“Mark gave him the perfect ride, and then when the grey came up on the outside of him I thought ‘oh god, he’s got us’. The way the week has gone, running seconds and thirds in good races all week," said David Hayes.
“I think that might be enough to get him in (into the Cup for 2019) and he is a genuine two-miler who we have not got to two mile yet. What won that was his staying ability and he has backed up. He is better when his races are spaced.”
“I was (confident on the line). I saved ground the whole way and I was lucky that is opened up for me on the inside. He 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 is was only the last 25 (metres) that I got the upper hand," said Zahra.
Jaameh is a six-year-old Iffraaj gelding out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Miss Gibraltar and overall this was his seventh win from 24 starts. With eight placings he has won stakes of $589,215 and more importantly a probable berth in the Melbourne Cup next year.
Queen Elizabeth Stakes, photo finish picture Racing.com