Champion mare Jameka unlikely to race in Japan Cup despite receiving invitation

NOT HOARSE AT ALL: Jameka is unlikely to race in the Japan Cup, with connections instead favouring the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Getty

NOT HOARSE AT ALL: Jameka is unlikely to race in the Japan Cup, with connections instead favouring the Melbourne Cup. Picture: Getty

CHAMPION mare Jameka is unlikely to run in the $7 million Japan Cup at the Tokyo Racecourse on November 27.

The Japan Racing Association invited Jameka to run in the 2400 metre race following her impressive victory in the Caulfield Cup.

Senior part-owner Colin McKenna said it was unlikely the four-year-old will make the Japan trip.

“We (the owners) are over the moon that Jameka has been invited but after speaking to Ciaron (Maher) I don’t think we’ll make the trip,” McKenna said.

“It's a privilege to get an invite to a race like the Japan Cup but the Melbourne Cup is our main goal.

“The Caulfield and Melbourne Cups were the two races that we earmarked for Jameka in the spring.

We (the owners) are over the moon that Jameka has been invited but after speaking to Ciaron (Maher) I don’t think we’ll make the trip to Japan. - Part-owner Colin McKenna

“She's pulled up a million dollars. She ate up on Saturday night which is a great sign of how she pulled up after the race.”

Jameka was also entitled to $1 million bonus if she won the Japan Cup.

The Melbourne Cup is on November 1.

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