2016 Australian Derby Likely for Jameka

February 18th, 2016

Trainer Ciaron Maher has been thrilled with the condition taken by Jameka in her time away from racing and is confident the filly will lay a great account for herself in Saturday’s Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) at Rosehill; the first point of call on her 2016 Australian Derby (2400m) campaign.

Jameka will be set for the 2016 Australian Derby. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka will be set for the 2016 Australian Derby. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka was a standout amongst the three-year-old fillies ranks during the Spring Carnival; running third in each of the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) before finishing second to Stay With Me in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 10th.

Proving she is up to the grade of colts and geldings when returning to winning form in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m), the Myboycharlie filly has not been seen at the races since storming home to win the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) by close to three lengths on November 5th.

Maher has been understandably thrilled with the results posted by Jameka through her short but impressive racing career so far and has revealed her early season results will dictate a 2016 Australian Derby berth.

“Her recovery was good, her action is great and I’m very happy with her,” Maher told AAP.

Jameka debuted to racing in late 2014 for second in a Bendigo minor over 900m before running third to Stoker and Manhattan Blues in the Inglis Premier (1000m) in February last year.

Running a credible fourth in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) on February 21st, Jameka returned to the paddock after posting a maiden race and black type win in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on March 14th.

Jameka has been confirmed amongst a talented field of nine fillies for her return in Saturday’s The Vanity.

Ladbrokes.com.au currently rates Jameka a $13 chance of success in early 2016 Australian Derby betting markets.