Caulfield Cup Winner Jameka under no Pressure to Race Again
One of our recent favourites, Jameka, was back on the track for some work recently, but did not create the same sort of impression she created in her last official win, the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill in March of 2017.
She won that race on a heavy nine course, so trialling under similar conditions at Cranbourne; expectations were that she would do a little more.
Her trainer, Ciaron Maher, philosophical as only an Irelander is capable, said he hoped to have her ready to race this spring, but if not, well, she has brought in almost $5 million in prizemoney and has a promising future at stud.
“I thought she trialled ok, but I thought she could have done a little bit more,” Maher said. “She loves these soft conditions and I just thought she could have done a bit more through the line.”
She is six years old and could be considered in her prime, but she has been away for a while.
Mark Zahra rode her in the trial and said she went well, but did not respond near the end when he asked her to pick up.
She was purchased for $130,000 as a yearling, so her ROI is right up there. We always admired her versatility in being able to win from 1400 m up to 2500 m, beginning with the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes in autumn of 2015, through the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500 m) at Flemington the following spring, which was soon followed by a Caulfield Cup win. One blemish was the off day she had in the 2016 Melbourne Cup, where she finished 15th.
Maher thinks that Jameka, if raced again, will be saved for Group 1 level only, saying, “If she goes back to the races it will be at Group I level and unless I think she’s somewhere near her best, there is no point in running her. “There’s no pressure to get her back – if I’m not happy with her we’ll pull the pin and she’ll go to stud.”