Appleby thrilled with Scottish

Charlie Appleby is keen to keep all options open for Scottish following his fantastic effort to chase home the impressive Jameka in the BMW Caulfield Cup.

Nicholas Hall celebrates winning the BMW Caulfield Cup aboard Jameka with Godolphin's Scottish (right) in second place.

The Godolphin-owned four-year-old was making his first appearance since winning August's Strensall Stakes at York and after a tardy start, travelled powerfully in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy.

The Australian jockey decided to give Scottish his head in the back straight and he quickly took a couple of lengths out of the field and remained in front rounding the home turn.

He had no answer when the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka quickened by in the straight, but boxed on to finish a clear second and Appleby was understandably thrilled with his performance in defeat.

"We're delighted and it's been a great effort by the team who've been looking after him since he arrived here," said the Newmarket-based trainer.

"It was a little bit unfortunate that he missed the kick. He was a little bit restless in the gates, which is unlike him.

"Kerrin gave him a great ride and let the horse get into a rhythm as we asked him to.

"He's run a great race and take nothing away from the winner, who is obviously an exceptional filly."

Discussing future plans, Appleby added: "We'll let the dust settle and keep all options open.

"He is in the Melbourne Cup and has the Mackinnon Stakes as an option as well.

"We'll see how he comes out of it and then put a plan together."

Exospheric, formerly known as Exosphere when trained in Britain by Sir Michael Stoute, ran a fine race to finish third on his Australia debut for Lee and Anthony Freedman.

Sir Isaac Newton, bidding to provide Aidan O'Brien with his first Caulfield Cup, raced keenly throughout under Colm O'Donoghue.

The Galileo colt joined Scottish for the lead leaving the back straight, but soon faded and passed the post a creditable seventh.

Jameka (16-5 favourite) loomed up ominously at the top of the straight before powering clear to win the prestigious Group One prize by a comfortable three lengths under a jubilant Nick Hall.

Hall said: "I've got to really thank Ciaron Maher and the stable. He's taken on a lot of horses and done an exceptional job.

"The way he's prepped this filly run by run has been to win this race and he's won it."

Maher said: "When you're favourite I suppose it puts a bit of extra pressure on, but it's just a great job by the team.

"Nick had her in a perfect spot and looked pretty confident all the way, so I was calm.

"There's nothing better than winning a Caulfield Cup. I don't know if it's really sunk in yet. This is basically our back yard, so to pull it off is a great effort.

"She's just been an outstanding horse. She won a two-year-old race taking on the boys, we took on the boys in the Derby in the autumn – she's always shown that's not a problem for her.

"During this prep she's just gone to another level."

Jameka now looks set to line up as a major contender for the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

"I think she's improved every start into this race. It's hard to say she'll improve again, but I'm happy to try the two miles now," the trainer added.

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