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