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The Ciaron Maher-trained Crown Oaks winner Jameka returns to racing this Saturday in Melbourne heading the small but classy field of three-year-old fillies in The Vanity 2016 field at Flemington Racecourse.
Set to run as Flemington Race 5 at 2:47pm (local) on the Black Caviar Lightning Day card, this season’s $150,000 Group 3 The Vanity (1400m) features a final field of nine.
In barrier six with Damien Oliver in the saddle first-up is Myboycharlie filly Jameka who took her earnings over $1 million with the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) win at the track last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She was runner-up in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield and won the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) in her two runs leading up to the Oaks success, and returns to racing this Saturday at a track she has won two from three at to date.
Jameka may be suited to further distance, but she has winning form over 1400m and trialled nicely behind Pasadena Girl over 800m at Cranbourne earlier in the month.
Another last start Group 1 winning filly first-up in The Vanity this weekend is former Perth-trained Perfect Reflection who debuts for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir.
The undefeated daughter of More Than Ready came up trumps in The Vanity barrier draw getting the inside run from gate one in her first run since becoming the first filly in history to win the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in WA on December 5.
Ben Melham has picked up the prized mount on the weekend, Perfect Reflection looking to continue her brilliant run during her first eastern state campaign that will likely see her return to Flemington on March 5 for a run against the boys in the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
She is at a current quote of $7.50 in futures Australian Guineas odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Also drawn well in barrier two is the Tony McEvoy-trained Adelaide raider Don’t Doubt Mamma who has form around the season’s best three-year-olds.
Undefeated over the 1400m with two wins to date including a black-type at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, the daughter of Not A Single Doubt was last seen finishing a very competitive third to Mahuta in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
Mahuta has since won the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Guineas and last Saturday’s Group 2 Autumn Stakes, form Don’t Doubt Mamma will look to further frank when she returns to racing this weekend against her own kind.
The other highest rated filly in The Vanity line-up this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Sacred Eye drawn the outside barrier (9) with Damian Lane aboard.
The High Chaparral filly beat home Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island two back on Caulfield Cup Day in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) before her Crown Oaks seventh she is out to atone for fresh over less distance on Saturday.
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2016 The Vanity Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 5 (2:47pm) – 20/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||341x33211x||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Damien Oliver||6||58.5kg||105|
|2||11111x||PERFECT REFLECTION||Darren Weir||Ben Melham||1||58.5kg||100|
|3||12217x||SACRED EYE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||9||57.5kg||86|
|4||13x341613x||DON’T DOUBT MAMMA||Tony McEvoy||Dwayne Dunn||2||57.5kg||80|
|5||539x5482x6||ITALY||John O’Shea||James McDonald||8||55kg||72|
|6||1180×6||ALASKAN ROSE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Nicholas Hall||3||55kg||72|
|7||667×3131||EGYPT||Mark Kavanagh||Craig Williams||5||55kg||66|
|9||1||EURO ANGEL (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Winks||7||55kg||65|
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