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JAMEKA’S Caulfield Cup defence has been aborted as the mare struggles to overcome travel sickness first contracted during the Sydney autumn carnival.
A disappointed trainer Ciaron Maher said the health of his star mare was more important than another spring campaign and her Cup defence in October.
Jameka had returned to her brilliant best with a dominant win in The BMW at Rosehill in March before succumbing to the debilitating condition.
Jameka missed a clash with Winx the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in April and international plans were be aborted.
Jameka was to have headed to Hong Kong for the QEII Cup on April 30 before leapfrogging to Europe for missions that may have included a race at Royal Ascot in June.
Unfortunately Jameka will need an extended break to recover from her recent illness and will miss the Spring Carnival pic.twitter.com/TRDqIVEpHI
— Ciaron Maher (@cmaherracing) May 25, 2017
It had been suggested she might head to the prestigious Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris in late October.
It is a huge loss for the Melbourne spring carnival with Jameka arguably nation’s next best racehorse behind Winx.
Originally published as Jameka to miss Caulfield Cup defence