Jameka Wins 2015 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes

It was a classy field of 12 two-year-old fillies in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this afternoon.

Jameka wins her maiden in the Group 2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes.

Jameka wins her maiden in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

The punters got it right with market mover Jameka winning the $200,000 race despite a wide start from the outside gate.

Jameka was on the move across the field after jumping from barrier 12 in a daring run that saw her take the lead early before being overtaken by stablemate Well Sighted. John O’Shea’s Sampeah enjoyed a good run on the trail of the first four.

In the race to home, Jameka took the lead once again and was in front by a length with 200 metres to go before facing some competition from Lazumba who raced up with 100 metres left. However the Ciaron Maher-trained filly was too strong, winning the 2015 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes on her fourth career start, making her a maiden no longer.

Lazumba was one length away in second place while Sampeah lead the remainder of the field a further two and a quarter lengths back.

Nicholas Hall delivered a strong ride on Jameka, who showed great strength to respond to Lazumba and hold her off in the final moments.

“It’s a red-hot stable and gee he goes good,” Hall said of trainer Ciaron Maher.

“Getting out to the right distance, winkers on, going forward still very raw – she’s going to take a lot out of this prep.”

Jameka wore winkers for the first time in the race, an addition that worked in her favour today according to Maher.

“Dean Lester has done a lot of form on the race and said we should go forward on a couple of other people as well,” Maher said.

“It was great for Nick – he has to stay committed and it looked like there was a bit of speed from the gate.

“He had to sort of roll up and she looked like she just overdid it and took a little bit to relax, but she’s still learning.

“She’s been up a while for a two-year-old in her first racing campaign, so a good job.

“She’s got a lovely big action and you would think out to a mile by the end of the spring she might be even better.”

Jameka was the market mover of the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, seeing her price shorten from $4.20 into $3.80.

2015 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 8 JAMEKA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 12 54.5kg $3.80F
2 11 LAZUMBA Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Steve Richards Steven King 1L 10 54.5kg $14
3 2 SAMPEAH John O’Shea James Doyle 3.25L 3 56.5kg $4.40
4 4 GREDINGTON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Pat Hyland Damien Oliver 3.35L 5 56.5kg $14
5 10 QUEEN OF WANDS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Clarry Conners Damian Lane 3.45L 1 54.5kg $9.50
6 1 MANHATTAN BLUES Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 3.55L 9 56.5kg $4.40
7 12 EOLANDE Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington Craig Williams 4.8L 6 54.5kg $51
8 7 MR OPTIMISTIC Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Tony Noonan Hugh Bowman 5.2L 7 56.5kg $21
9 6 LAKE JACKSON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Stephen Baster 5.95L 8 56.5kg $71
10 9 BAND ON THE RUN Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 6.25L 11 54.5kg $26
11 5 WELL SIGHTED Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Ciaron Maher Ben Melham 12.25L 4 56.5kg $61
12 3 ICEFLOW Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 12.35L 2 56.5kg $31


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