Caulfield Cup winner Jameka has been officially retired and will now head to the breeding barn for the 2018 mating season.
Jameka was on the comeback trail after suffering a life threatening bout of travel sickness but trainer Ciaron Maher and her connections has decided to call an end to her racing career after she produced another lacklustre fifth placing in a 1190m Cranbourne barrier trial today.
Today’s poor performance following a sixth placing over 990m in a Cranbourne barrier trial on August 6.
Maher confirmed the mare’s retirement plans on twitter and said that he and the stable would dearly miss the multiple Group 1 winning mare.
“Jameka is offically retired & heads to the breeding barn. She’s been the most tremendous horse and will be missed dearly. I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in her illustrious career, including her owners & my team of staff, in particular her great mate Lucy Yeomans,” Maher tweeted.
Jameka burst into the spotlight during the 2015 Melbourne Spring Carnival as a three year old filly with her win in the Group 1 $1m Crown Oaks (2500m) at Flemington.
Maher then developed the Myboycharlie mare into one of the country’s top stayers with her win in the 2016 Group 1 $3m Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield.
Jameka continued to perform consistently at the highest level and added another Group 1 win to her record at her last race track appearance in the Group 1 $1.5m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Jameka has been off the scene since suffering a bout of travel sickness which he picked up on her back to her Caulfield base in Melbourne after her The BMW win and following her recovery Maher was hoping to get her back up and racing for the upcoming Spring Carnival but those plans have now been abandoned.
Jameka faced the starter on twenty-four occasions for six wins, three at Group 1 level, with prizemoney earnings of $4,872,925.