The Victorian bred champion and Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka (Myboycharlie) has been retired.
The 2016 Caulfield Cup winner has not raced since winning the BMW Stakes by more than six lengths at Rosehill in March 2017.
The Gilgai Farm bred mare contracted travel sickness on the way back from Sydney following that victory.
The decision to retire the mare was made after discussions between owner Colin McKenna and Maher following Jameka having a jump out at Cranbourne on Tuesday.
Maher originally bought her out of the Gilgai Farm draft for $130,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Out of the Gilgai broodmare Mine Game (General Nediym), Jameka’s siblings include the stakes placed, Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Nikitas (Snitzel) and the unraced 3YO Shy Talk (Shamus Award) who is also with Ciaron Maher.
Jameka won six of her 24 starts and more than $4.8 million in a career that also included wins in the Group 1 VRC Oaks, Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase and the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce in 2015.
Col McKenna told the Warrnambool Standard that the breeding barn would be the next stop for the champion mare.
The Woolsthorpe based racehorse owner/breeder and his wife Janice paid $2.6 million to buy out Jameka’s other owners at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale earlier this year.
“Jameka has lost her top gear. She’s raced in some of the feature races on the Australian racing calendar and been very successful,” McKenna said.
“Ciaron said she was the best-looking horse at the jump-outs but she had lost the zest to race at the top level. She’s got nothing left to prove on the racetrack, so she’ll head to the breeding barn.”
A stallion to serve Jameka this season is expected to be announced in coming days.