Caulfield’s Ciaron Maher will consider a Blue Diamond Stakes 2015 bid for Jameka Saturday week if the progressive filly puts in a good enough effort in the Talindert Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.
Kicking off Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Day, the $120,000 Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) features a field of 12 two-year-olds with big Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival plans.
One of those, drawn just better than midfield in barrier five for jockey Craig Williams, is Maher’s Myboycharlie filly Jameka.
She debuted at Bendigo on December 21 when runner-up behind the highly-spruiked Parcel over 900m.
Her second-up run was then in the 2YO Inglis Premier (1000m) at Sandown-Hillside on February 7 where she was six lengths off the leaders at the halfway point before battling her way up the centre to make up ground and cross under two lengths away third to Stoker.
Saturday she makes her black type debut then in the Talindert Stakes that will give Maher an indication of whether or not she runs in the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 28th or is saved for a run over more ground.
If not the Blue Diamond Stakes the other option for Jameka would be the Group 2 Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) held at Flemington on Newmarket Handicap Day, March 14, on ‘Super Saturday’.
“If she won we’d consider it but she looks like a horse that will appreciate more ground so the Sires’ is probably an option as well,” Maher told Racing Victoria.
“It will just depend on how she races on Saturday and how she comes through the run.
“She’s a big strong filly and after her last run she didn’t tighten up and she didn’t miss any feed so she’s quite strong that way and looks like the type of filly that would be able to handle backing up.
“We’ll learn a bit more about her on Saturday, the 1100 should suit her and the straight should suit her and each time she’s gone to the races she’s learned a bit more.”
Futures Blue Diamond Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have the BD Fillies Preview – Prelude double winner Fontiton as the clear $2.50 favourite.
Jameka can be found further down the markets at $26, a price that will be slashed if she wins the Talindert this weekend and has a Blue Diamond bid confirmed by her trainer.
Five other Talindert Stakes final acceptors are also in the Blue Diamond Stakes mix this autumn including Danny O’Brien’s recent Flemington winner Ragazzo Del Corsa and the Murray Johnson-trained Take Pride who are the only two currently assured of a run in the Group 1 based on prize money earned to date.
The others looking to back-up next weekend who need to win the Talindert to get into the Blue Diamond Stakes field are then Elwick Stakes runner-up Band On The Run, Parallel Lines for Jason Warren, and the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained debutant Stay With Me whose mother Miss Finland won the 2006 Golden Slipper.
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