Last year’s Crown Oaks winning filly Jameka will return this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with trainer Ciaron Maher confirming a Spring Cups mission including a hopeful run in the 2016 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November.
It is all systems go for her Group 1 winning stablemate Jameka however, the three-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie best known for her Crown Oaks (2500m) success at Flemington Racecourse last season.
Jameka relished a Heavy-rated track during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, backing up from her Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) win on Cox Plate Day to take out the VRC Oaks by over two lengths.
She came back in February and her autumn consisted of five runs, but failed to produce a win.
Four of those starts were in Group 1 class with Jameka running bravely in the Australian Guineas (5th), Rosehill Guineas (3rd), ATC Derby (2nd) and ATC Oaks (4th).
While she missed out on a win in any of those assignments, Maher is confident in her ability to stay and her class and will set her on a Spring Cups bid next time in.
Speaking to Racing Ahead on RSN on Tuesday morning he said both the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October and the famous $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) on the first Tuesday of November were on the cards for Jameka.
“She spelled really well, her action is good and she’ll probably make a path to the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups,” Maher said of the rising four-year-old who is back in the stable and gearing up her work.
“She’ll kick off over I’d say 1400m and then her fourth run in the Caulfield Cup and then the Melbourne Cup.”
Chris Waller’s Cox Plate winning mare Winx leads all-in Caulfield Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au at $15, while Jameka is also in the first half of futures betting for the mile and a half classic at $21.
Maher has had three Caulfield Cup starters over the years without success, while the only mare to win the race since Ethereal (2001) was Southern Speed (2011).
The internationals lead the way in futures markets for the ‘race that stops a nation’ including Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George ($13) who heads the current Melbourne Cup odds.
Jameka pays $34 in all-in Melbourne Cup betting.
The last Melbourne Cup winning mare was the mighty Makybe Diva (2003-05) who remains the sole triple winner of the world’s richest handicap.
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