2016 Melbourne Cup the Target for Jameka

June 23rd, 2016

Trainer Ciaron Maher has revealed classy stayer Jameka will be set for an appearance in the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m), when she returns to competition during the forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival.

Jameka will be set for the 2016 Melbourne Cup upon resuming in spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka will be set for the 2016 Melbourne Cup upon resuming in spring. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka has been one of several stable stars for Maher through the last 12 months and has posted an impressive three wins and seven minors through a total of fourteen career appearances.

Resuming with a credible performance for fourth in the Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) on February 20th, the Myboycharlie filly ran fifth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before charging home late for third in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 19th.

Producing a typically gutsy effort to place second behind Tavago in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships, Jameka was luckless in transit in the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) only one week later but ran on for a commendable fourth.

Maher told Racing Ahead the 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m) will ideally figure as the fourth race start for Jameka in spring before an appearance in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.

“She spelled really well, her action is good and she’ll probably make a path to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups,” Maher said.

“She’ll kick off over I’d say 1400m and then her fourth run in the Caulfield Cup and then the Melbourne Cup.”

Stamping herself as one to watch through an impressive debut campaign during the 2015 Autumn Carnival, Jameka finished fourth in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1400m) and won the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in only her third and fourth starts.

Returning in spring for third in the talent-rich Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m), the filly out of Mine Game placed third in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Returning to winning form with a commanding performance for success in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), Jameka produced another slick performance to post a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).

Leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2016 Melbourne Cup odds, for which Jameka can be taken at a generous quote of $34 for success.