Ciaron Maher’s mare Jameka has made history dominating the Caulfield Cup 2016 results with a dominant win in the mile and a half classic.
She came off the perfect spring preparation heading into the $3.15 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) and it all came to fruition when she saluted for the punters as the race favourite in back-to-back years following the success of Mongolian Khan (2015) last year.
The first Caulfield Cup winning mare since Southern Speed (2011), Jameka became the shortest-priced mare to salute in the feature since Leilani ($3.25 in 1974).
Locally-trained, Jameka ($4.20) held off not only the boys in the Caulfield Cup finishing order but also the strong international contingent with the Charlie Appleby-trained English raider Scottish ($7) running second for Godolphin and the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained import Exospheric ($15) third in his maiden run in Australia.
It was Maher’s first major and jockey Nicholas Hall, who wasted to get down to the 52.5kg lightweight, enjoyed his second Caulfield Cup success after the victory three years ago aboard Fawkner (2013).
Jameka is now a dual Group 1 winner having also won the Crown Oaks as a three-year-old last Melbourne Cup Carnival, her Caulfield Cup success making her the first to complete that double in over 100 years.
She came off a last-start second to star Sydney galloper Hartnell in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, form that held up once again in the Caulfield Cup with 15 of the past 18 winners of the latter having come through that race.
Jameka began well in the below capacity 16-starter Caulfield Cup field jumping from barrier 11 and going on to be the first Caulfield Cup winner from that gate since Diatribe (2000) 16 years ago.
There were a number of changes to the lead throughout the run, Tally first to scoot over and cross to hit the front from the top-weight Preferment in the early stages.
Jameka was also up on the speed with the Darren Weir-trained Real Love on her outside, Hall reading the race perfectly and timing this run to the second.
Hall kept his mare in the mix the whole time as the likes of Preferment and Real Love had their time up front setting the speed.
The favourite was travelling so smoothly getting a gun run in fifth.
With 1000m to go jockey Kerrin McEvoy went forward with the English visitor Scottish who ran to the front, Hall still happy to sit in fifth on the well-supported Jameka.
Scottish led into the home turn as Jameka raced right around the outside of her rivals running on well through the bend, Real Love also trying to thread through once on the straight.
Jameka started to really wind up and come after Scottish over the closing stages and she hit the lead at the 200m just as Exospheric and four-time Caulfield Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver started to run on from the back.
In the end it was an all-too-easy romp home as Jameka raced away to win by three lengths over Scottish and Exospheric; the mare stamping herself in the history books with the class win over the raiders.
It was a beautiful ride from Hall who got out quickly, took the trails and made the right moves at the right time.
“I have to really thank Ciaron Maher and the stable,” Hall said post-win.
“He’s done an exceptional job. The way he’s prepped this run by run, it’s been to win this race and he’s done it.
“It’s all worth it.”
Maher was full of credit to his team, Hall and of course his Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.
“It’s a credit to the team,” he said.
“And just Nick Hall, a perfect ride.
“Just fantastic, it’s one of the big three and we’re thrilled.”
Knowing his mare so well, Maher said he wasn’t worried when it looked like Jameka may have been over racing at one stage.
“She’s just a competitive horse,” he explained.
“And when those horses were outside her, she’s flicking her head about but she’s not actually over racing.
“About the 100 [meters] I thought ‘we’re kicking into gear now’ so I was wrapped.
“She’s quite a rare horse…I think she’s an extraordinary horse and I think she proved that today.”
Jameka holds nominations for both next Saturday’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley as well as the ‘race that stops a nation’, although the $6 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington on November 1 hasn’t really been the aim.
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2016 Caulfield Cup Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 8 – 15/10/2016
|1||11||JAMEKA||Ciaron Maher||Nicholas Hall||–||11||52.5kg||$4.20F|
|2||4||SCOTTISH (IRE)||Charlie Appleby||Kerrin McEvoy||3L||6||55kg||$7|
|3||3||EXOSPHERIC (GB)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||3.75L||3||55.5kg||$15|
|4||7||ALMOONQITH (USA)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Michael Walker||4.25L||2||54kg||$71|
|5||12||REAL LOVE||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||5L||9||52.5kg||$6.50|
|6||2||OUR IVANHOWE (GER)||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||5.3L||5||56.5kg||$21|
|7||5||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||Aidan O’Brien||Colm O’Donoghue||6.55L||8||55kg||$16|
|8||20e||VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||6.85L||15||50.5kg||$101|
|9||19e||DE LITTLE ENGINE||Danny O’Brien||Ben E Thompson (a)||7.35L||12||50.5kg||$61|
|10||8||SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (IRE)||John P Thompson||Blake Spriggs||7.45L||4||53.5kg||$13|
|11||1||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||7.65L||13||57kg||$26|
|12||10||TALLY||John O’Shea||Brenton Avdulla||7.85L||16||53kg||$19|
|13||9||ARTICUS (FR)||Andreas Wohler||Zac Purton||9.1L||10||53kg||$9.50|
|14||17||PEMBERLEY (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Ben Allen (a)||10.85L||14||50.5kg||$31|
|15||15||SACRED MASTER (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||10.95L||7||51.5kg (cd 52kg)||$14|
|16||18||GO DREAMING||Grant Kluske||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||11.95L||1||50.5kg||$101|
|–||6||TARZINO (NZ)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||SET SQUARE||Ciaron Maher||Michael Dee (a)||–||0||–||–|
|–||14||BIG MEMORY (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Chris Parnham||–||0||–||–|
|–||16||FANATIC (NZ)||Graeme Sanders||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|