By Tim Auld for the Warrnambool Standard
Recently retired Caulfield Cup winner Jameka has taken her first step towards motherhood.
The multiple Group 1 winner was covered by the impeccably bred Darley stallion Impending, which stands at Northwood Park in Seymour, last week.
Owner Colin McKenna said he was excited with the mating of his star mare and Impending.
“Impending raced in the top company, winning five of his 18 starts including Group 1 races,” McKenna said.
“I’m confident he’ll develop into a top stallion.
“Impending is a magnificent athletic-looking stallion he has a real presence about him. Impending is extremely well bred, being by Lonhro.
“He’s the highest-rated son of Lonhro standing stud in Victoria.”
He was the first three-year-old in a decade to win the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
“We were mindful with the mating that we wanted a bit of speed into the breeding, as Jameka’s performances in staying races were outstanding and I feel Impending fits the bill to offer speed into the progeny.”
From her 24 starts, the Gilgai Farm bred mare Jameka won six races including Group 1 features such as the 2015 VRC Oaks, the 2016 Caulfield Cup and the 2017 BMW Stakes at Rosehill.
The six-year-old mare had her career cut short after suffering a bout of travel sickness on the way back to her Caulfield stable following her resounding victory in the BMW Stakes.
With further racing an unlikely proposition, Jameka was then offered at the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale where Colin and Janice McKenna bought her outright (from all other owners) for $2.6 million.
Trainer Ciaron Maher was hopeful the lightly raced mare would return to racing (following the sale), but she failed to reach those dizzy heights and was subsequently retired to the McKennas’ breeding operation at Woolsthorpe in south west Victoria.