A smart trial performance at Cranbourne on Monday has Ciaron Maher’s Crown Oaks winner Jameka spot on for a first-up run in The Vanity 2016 Saturday week at Flemington Racecourse.
The talented Myboycharlie filly was on fire during the spring running second to Stay With Me in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield before her wins in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and Flemington’s Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).
In her first official trial since the VRC Crown Oaks win, which handed Maher with back-to-back victories following his 2014 success with Set Square, Jameka was on show in the seventh heat of the morning at Cranbourne.
The 800m trial for three-year-old fillies was narrowly won by Peter Moody’s Savabeel filly Pasadena Girl, fourth in the same three races Jameka also last contested.
“She’s been trained specifically as a sprinter/miler,” Moody said about Pasadena Girl post trial win on Monday.
“We gave her the chance to stay last spring and she didn’t so that we’ll look at 1200, 1400 and maybe a mile for her this campaign.
“She actually trialled a bit fresh and was a bit more forward than I thought but look, she’s a Group 1 filly and she trialled like one this morning.”
Possible autumn options for Pasadena Girl, best known for her Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) win at Randwick last April, include the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).
Jameka meanwhile had Rhys McLeod aboard in Monday’s trial and ran a close fourth in the blanket finish, impressing Maher ahead of her return in the $150,000 Group 1 The Vanity (1200m) on February 20.
This weekend Jameka is nominated for the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) on CF Orr Stakes Day at Caulfield, but she is a likely non-acceptor to be saved for The Vanity instead.
She is also nominated for a host of Melbourne and Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features over the coming months.
Maher has her in the mix firstly for the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5 before heading interstate.
In Sydney Jameka will run in either the $2 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on April 2 or the following week’s $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks –(2400m) during Royal Randwick’s The Championships.
Futures Australian Derby odds have Jameka as the shortest priced filly in the mix at around $13 for the win in markets led by Mick Price’s Victorian Derby winner from the spring Tarzino.
For the 2016 ATC Oaks she is the current favourite to complete the VRC – Australian Oaks double.
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