Former Caulfield Cup winner’s career in doubt

August 12, 2018 by  

The racing career of champion mare Jameka looks to be nearing its end after a worse than expected performance at a Cranbourne trial over the weekend.

The horse, which won Victoria’s famous Caulfield Cup in 2016, placed only sixth during the Group 1,990 metre heat. Spring Racing Carnival events like the Caulfield Cup are much beloved by Melbourne’s elite, and see all nature of corporate gifts and other promotional products exchanged at them.

Jameka’s trainer, Ciaron Maher, said the mediocre result would mean her owners would soon need to decide whether she continues racing or is retired, saying:

‘We’ll make a decision about whether she goes to another trial or whether she heads to stud.’

Jameka is currently owned by Col and Janice McKenna, who paid $2.6 million for her at the Magic Millions national horse sales in May.

Mr Maher noted Jameka usually performs well in the ‘soft seven’ track conditions that prevailed during the trial. He commented that Jameka would not return to racing just for the sake of it. The horse had not raced since beating out Cox Place runner up Humidor by seven lengths in a Group 1 race almost a year and a half ago. Jameka developed a serious case of travel sickness following this event and there had been hopes the Cranbourne trial would be a strong return for her.