Talented filly Jameka has completed a strong performance to take out the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this afternoon and stamp her claims as one to watch leading into The Championships.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Nick Hall pushed the two-year-old forward and towards the rails from the wide barrier 12; setting a fair tempo alongside the likes of Well Sighted and Sampeah approaching the bend.
Arriving on the final straight with a clear racing line, Jameka was joined at the fore of the field by outside Band On The Run, who hugged the rails and made up several lengths quickly, but again pulled clear and sustained a strong-enough sprint to hit the line ahead of a fast finishing Lazumba; Sampeah boxing on for third.
Hall completed a calm ride on Jameka for success in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes; crediting trainer Ciaron Maher’s preparation of the daughter of Myboycharlie in the victory.
“It’s a red-hot stable and gee he goes good,” Hall said.
“Getting out to the right distance, winkers on, going forward still very raw – she’s going to take a lot out of this prep.”
Maher was pleased with Jameka’s overall performance this afternoon, in what was surprisingly her maiden race win.
“Dean Lester has done a lot of form on the race and said we should go forward on a couple of other people as well,” Maher said.
“It was great for Nick – he has to stay committed and it looked like there was a bit of speed from the gate.
“He had to sort of roll up and she looked like she just overdid it and took a little bit to relax, but she’s still learning.
“She’s been up a while for a two-year-old in her first racing campaign, so a good job.
“She’s got a lovely big action and you would think out to a mile by the end of the spring she might be even better.”
Jameka placed a close second in her racing debut on December 21st; progressing to third behind Stoker and Manhattan Blues in the Inglis Premier (1000m) and fourth in the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) leading into this afternoon’s triumph.