Ciaron Maher saddled his second-consecutive winner of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) when Jameka saluted with a commanding displayed in early November, and has revealed the classy filly may be set for a tilt at the 2016 Australian Derby (2400m) upon resuming in autumn.
Jameka was undoubtedly the standout three-year-old filly of the recent Spring Racing Carnival; returning for third in each of the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) before running on for a close second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 10th.
Clearly enjoying the step-up in distance when beating the boys in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on October 24th, Jameka was never worried in the Crown Oaks and subsequently found the line close to three lengths in the clear of closest rival Honesta.
Maher told Racing.com the Myboycharlie filly will target the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) early in her Autumn Carnival preparation before continuing on to one of the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) or 2016 Australian Derby.
“It is a bit of a balancing act really,” Maher said.
“She will go second-up into the Australian Guineas here and then there is a bit of a crossroads for her.
“She can either take on the boys in Sydney or head towards the Derby or if they look a bit strong we can take the fillies’ route and head to the Oaks.”
Debuting to racing for second in a Bendigo minor over 900m in December 2014, Jameka continued to impress in placing third in the Inglis Premier (1000m) upon resuming this year; making a successful transition to black type racing when fourth in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) before taking out the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on March 14th.
Jameka is currently rated outright $11 third favourite in early 2016 Australian Derby betting markets behind Xtravagent ($4) and Tarzino ($5).
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