Trainer Ciaron Maher has reported that Jameka is in fine order as she prepares to back up in the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Jameka was having her third Autumn Carnival run when third behind Tarzino and Montaigne in the Group 1 $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill last weekend.
Maher said that Jameka has pulled up very well after her Rosehill Guineas run and at this stage would be going around against the fillies in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
“She has pulled up really well, she is nice and bright so she only has to walk across the road. All going well she will be there,” Maher told Racing Ahead.
“We will just have a look at the race when the acceptances come out and make a decision.”
“If it maps well, most likely she will go.”
“She has a great constitution and she has got that big free flowing stride on her. She does it a little easier than other horses.”
A run on Saturday will give Maher another two weeks to prepare Jameka for the Group 1 $1m James Boags Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 9, the second day of ‘The Championships.’
Jameka will be chasing her second Oaks trophy after claiming the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington during the 2015 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Maher had also considered running Jameka in the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday week, day one of ‘The Championships’, but that will be ruled if she runs in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
“If the Vinery maps well for her we will head there and that sort of rules out the Derby. But if the Vinery doesn’t map well for her we might have a shot at the Derby,” Maher said.
“We would be probably asking a bit off her if we went to the Oaks and the Derby, but there is a few options for her.”
Jameka has drawn the inside barrier in the fourteen horse field plus three emergencies and will be ridden again by Damien Oliver who has been the regular rider for the Myboycharlie filly since last year’s Melbourne Spring Carnival and was aboard the filly when she won the Crown Oaks.
The Vinery Stud Stakes market order at Ladbrokes.com.au has Jameka equal favourite with the Lindsay Park trained Risque at $3.60 ahead of first emergency Happy Hannah at $6 and Kiwi fillies Valley Girl and Capella at $9.50.
Market order for the Vinery Stud Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.60 Jameka, Risque, $6 Happy Hannah, $9.50 Capella, Valley Girl, $10 Stay With Me, $15 Asinara, $16 Honesta, $19 Ambience, Single Gaze, $26 Heartlings, $31 Sailing By, Believe, $34 Chabaud, $51 Lonely Orphan, $61 Self Esteem, $126 Peggy’s Cove.