Trainer Ciaron Maher won last year’s G1 VRC Oaks with the Victorian bred Set Square (by Reset) and is confident he can make it two in a row with Jameka.
Bred by Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson, she’s right in contention to double up for the stable after beating the colts in the G2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Saturday. She ran down Shards and then firmed into a $4 second-favourite behind Sacred Eye ($2.90) for their classic clash on November 5.
Maher said Jameka was similar to Set Square at the same stage of their careers.
“Jameka improved to be placed in the Thousand Guineas and looked better again today. She seems to be coming together nicely and will be peaking next time.
“She has the form on the board while Set Square was quite raw. They’re similar-types and both have that real staying ability. I’m looking forward to Flemington.”
Jameka (Myboycharlie) cost $130,000 from the Gilgai Farm consignment at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.
Her dam Mine Game (General Nediym) is a Melbourne winning half-sister to G1 Canterbury Guineas winner Jymcarew.
Jameka rises to the occasion on the big days – her only other win in 8 starts was the G2 Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes in March.
“She’s very strong with a lovely big action and has always shown us she would like a trip. I really like her.” jockey Damien Oliver said
Jamieson has been walking on air around Nagambie since his mare Helsinge foaled a fantastic looking half-sister to Black Caviar by Blue Gum sire Canford Cliffs last week.