Jameka Cruises In BMW

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Jameka | Bronwen Healy

Jameka (Aus) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) had indicated throughout her autumn prep that she was building up to a big effort and–upped to the 2400 metre distance over which she won last season's G1 Caulfield Cup–the 4-year-old turned the tables on her last-start G1 Australian Cup conqueror Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo {Ire}) to take Saturday's G1 The BMW at Rosehill. Jameka broke strongly under Hugh Bowman and led the field into the first bend, where Lasqueti Spirit (Aus) (Beneteau {Aus}) strolled up and took over. Lasqueti Spirit threw down the gauntlet down the backstretch, opening up at least 12 lengths while Jameka led the rest of the pack, with Libran (Ire) (Lawman {Fr}) and Exospheric (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}) on her heels. Lasqueti Spirit came under a ride at the 800 metre mark and by the time they reached the bend Jameka was cruising up to her ominously. Jameka rolled past Lasqueti Spirit at the 300 metre mark and never looked like being caught thereafter, widening her margin to win by 6 1/2 lengths from Humidor and Exospheric.

Saturday, Rosehill, Australia
BMW S.-G1, A$1,498,200, ATC, 3-25, 3yo/up, Open Weight For Age, 2400mT, 2:35.65, Heavy.
1–JAMEKA, 56.5, m, 4, by Myboycharlie (IRE)
1st Dam: Mine Game, by General Nediym
2nd Dam: Aperto (NZ), by Grosvenor (NZ)
3rd Dam: Pathos (USA), by The Minstrel (CAN)
(A$130,000 Ylg 2014 WI Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale)
O-C L Maher, Mrs J M McKenna, D Degenhardt, J Degenhardt,
M R Fallon, G M Verdoorn, S Priestley, Mrs S A Cockram, Ms J
Nolte, M Mills & Halo Racing Services Pty Ltd (Mgr: C B
McKenna); B-Gilgai Farm VIC; T-C Maher; J-J Bowman;
A$905,700. Lifetime Record: 24-6-5-4, A$4,872,925. *1/2 to
Nikitas (Snitzel), MGSP-Aus, A$472,600. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating: A+++
*Triple Plus*.
2–Humidor (NZ), 58.5, g, 4, Teofilo (IRE)–Zalika (NZ), by Zabeel
(NZ). O-Forest Lodge Racing, Jomara Bloodstock Ltd,
Steeplechasers Flat Synd, M Krauser, Dr P Goel, Mrs Adams, B
Shannon, T Ginnane, D O'Connor, B Sokolski, Walker Racing &
Bloodstock; B-Jomara Bloodstock Ltd, Auckland, NZ; T-D K
Weir; J-Damian Lane; A$285,000.
3–Exospheric (GB), 59.0, h , 5, Beat Hollow (GB)–Bright and
Clear (GB), by Danehill (USA). O-A Kheir, P M Mehrten, J A
O'Neill, A M Butler, J Sourasis, A L Kirkwood-Scott, B D
Nettlefold, F Palazzo, F Hachem, C Oliver, J & M Kheir
Builders (Mgr: Ms M Kheir) & Carty Racing; B-Clare Castle
Farm, IRE; T-Lee & Anthony Freedman; J-D Oliver; A$150,000.
Margins: 6.5 len, 8.3 len, 9.1 len. Odds: 2.10, 2.70, 7.00.
Also Ran: Who Shot Thebarman (NZ), Lasqueti Spirit, Libran (IRE), Grand Marshal (GB), Tavago (NZ). Scratched: Our Ivanhowe (Ger).
Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Jameka always acted as if this trip would be her game, waiting to break her maiden until stretched out to the 1400 metres of the G2 VRC Sires' Produce S. at two. Her next two victories would come in the 2040 metre G2 The Vase and the 2500 metre Crown Oaks the following season, and she posted some fine efforts the following autumn while failing to find the winner's enclosure, placing in the G1 Rosehill Guineas and G1 Australian Derby and running a close fourth in the G1 Australian Oaks. Jameka added last term's G3 Naturalism S. and Caulfield Cup before running down the field when 15th in the G1 Melbourne Cup and had been building up to her preferred trip this prep, with fourths in the G1 C.F. Orr S. and G2 Peter Young S. preceding her runner-up finish in the G1 Australian Cup on Mar. 11. Trainer and part-owner Ciaron Maher indicated Jameka could take on the world later this year.

“There's the [G1] Queen Elizabeth during The Championships, there's Hong Kong, Royal Ascot, even the Yorkshire Oaks, there's a bit to look at,'' Maher said. “We need to have some conversations with the connections. We'll see how she comes through this, but she's such a quality mare.''

Pedigree Notes…

Jameka is the second of three named foals for the winning Mine Game, a half-sister to G1 Canterbury Guineas winner Jymcarew (Aus) (Danzero {Aus}). Mine Game has also produced Nikitas, second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and third in a pair of Group 3s. Jameka's fourth dam is the GI Matchmaker S. winner Warfever (Fr) (Luthier {Fr}), whose descendants include the GI Santa Anita H. second Luthier Fever (Mt. Livermore) and the Listed Breeders' Plate winner and G2 Pago Pago S. second High Rolling (Aus) (Snippets {Aus}).

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