Jameka to miss Caulfield Cup defence

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — MARCH 25: Hugh Bowman riding Jameka celebrates winning Race 6 in The BMW at Legends Day during the 2017 Sydney Carnival at Rosehill Gardens on March 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images for The ATC)

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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.

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.

Hugh Bowman and Jameka take out The BMW.

Hugh Bowman and Jameka take out The BMW.Source:Getty Images

Originally published as Jameka to miss Caulfield Cup defence

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