Never has Australia’s lack of home-grown staying talent been more evident than Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
While 14 of the 24 runners are locally trained (in Australia), just one of them – Jameka – was bred on home soil.
And although the Caulfield Cup heroine will be outnumbered, her breeder, Rick Jamieson of Gilgai Farm, has great faith in the mare, confident she can stave off the international challenge and become the 12th horse to complete the Cups double.
“She’s a serious horse, don’t underestimate her," Jamieson told G1X.com.au.
“She’s a serious, serious horse.
“She’ll give it her all, she won’t die wondering. She’s a real competitor and I expect a good showing from her.”
Jamieson is one of Australia’s pre-eminent breeders, responsible for giving champion sprinter Black Caviar to racing, along with fellow Group 1 winners All Too Hard and The Quarterback.
Two months after Black Caviar conquered the world in winning the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, Jameka was born ...