Talented filly Jameka outstayed her rivals to record a very tough victory in the 2015 Crown Oaks at Flemington this afternoon.
Jockey Damien Oliver elected to take up the running on Jameka in the early stages of the Crown Oaks and she eventually settled in second position when Brenton Avdulla took Muzyka to the lead.
It was very clear the Oliver had plenty of horse underneath him coming around the turn and he took Jameka to the lead at the top of the straight and she ran away from her rivals to take out the Crown Oaks from a fast-finishing Honesta and Ambience.
Oliver said that he was happy to take Jameka to the lead in the early stages of the Crown Oaks and he revealed that he was absolutely delighted with the way that the Myboycharlie filly travelled throughout the race.
“I thought that nobody would want to take it up and I didn’t hesitate to take it up because I have a lot of faith in this fillies staying ability,” Oliver said.
“She actually dropped the bit in front, I just stayed off the rail a bit and one came up inside her and it ended up taking it up.
“She was just going too easy a long way from home and I had to let her go.
“She has had a faultless preparation and full credit to Ciaron and all his staff.
“He has mapped it out beautifully, nothing has gone wrong for her and we though early that she had Oaks all over it.”
The always classy Oliver was clearly delighted to have taken out the Crown Oaks with Jameka, but he had other things on his mind and he dedicated the victory to Queensland hoop Tim Bell, who tragically passed away in Singapore on Wednesday.
“Can I always make mention to Tim Bell, who we sadly lost a couple of days ago,” Oliver said.
“It is such a tragic accident to lose such a talented young bloke so early in his life and his career and I know that the jockey community and racing community are grieving for him.
“Our deepest sympathies to him and all his family.
Jameka gave Ciaron Maher his second Crown Oaks win in as many years after he took out the 2015 edition of the race with Set Square, but the typically modest trainer was quick to pay credit to the ride of Oliver and the work of his entire team.
The Crown Oaks was always the major 2015 Spring Racing Carnival target for Jameka and he believes that she has the ability to defy her pedigree and develop into an even stronger stayer in the future.
“He (Damien) backed the horse,” Maher said.
“We have said all along that she has that lovely, beautiful stride and rather than hold her up he thought that he would let her bowl along and use it to her advantage.
“Full credit to him, he knows her well.
“The first time he sat on her when she was a two-year-old, he said that she feels like an Oaks filly and he was pretty right.
“I would like to talk to him because he is not really bred to get that trip, but everything about her says that she is a nice stayer.
“She must have gave him an amazing feel to push the button before the turn and he only had a pretty soft in front.”
Honesta produced another consistent effort to finish second for the fourth start in a row, while Ambience battled on fairly to finish third.
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