Oaks Bound Jameka Takes Vase

For the second successive Saturday, the fillies were too classy for the colts and gelding over the middle distance trip as three-year-old filly Jameka (Myboycharlie) produced an impressive Oaks trial by winning the Group 2 Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m). Second behind Stay With Me (Street Cry) last time out in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, Jameka will join last Saturday’s Group 3 Caulfield Classic winner Sacred Eye (High Chaparral) in the Group 1 VRC Oaks on November 5 at Flemington. Godolphin’s Shards (Medaglia d’Oro) went forward and ensured a solid tempo, while the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka sat handy in the run. When the leader began to tire before the home turn, the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale graduated pounced, pulling away for a length victory.
Group 1 VRC Oaks next stop for Group 2 winner Jameka
Sold through the draft of Gilgai Thoroughbreds to her trainer for $130,000, a victory in next week’s Oaks would give Maher back-to-back victories in the fillies Classic, having won last year with Reset filly Set Square. “We’ve really targeted the Oaks with her, so great job by Ollie and the team at home, she seems to be coming together nicely,” said Maher “With that run under her belt and she looked quite fresh in the yard today so I think she’s just starting to peak at the right time.” “She’s just got that lovely long striding action and is very clean winded, so everything in that regard says she’ll stay but she’s probably bred more on the speed side,” Maher added. The victory of the filly saw her promoted to the second favourite for the Oaks behind the Inglis Easter Yearling Sacred Eye.
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