Jameka | Horse Of The Month October 2016
Jameka - Horse Of The Month October 2016
Our October horse of the month is Jameka. She has won something over $2 million to this point in the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, trailing Winx by just $118,000.
Yes, $1.9 million of that tally was the result of win the Caulfield Cup - but the bank will spend equally as well whether resulting from one win or 10, but she has shown well all season with another win at Caulfield in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.
Jameka also ran second in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, and it is not any reflections on her ability that those two races combined earned her judge a smidgen above $180,000, considering that she beat quality competitors in Gallante in the Naturalism and Scottish and Exospheric in the Caulfield Cup.
Jameka did not fare so well in the Melbourne Cup, running 15th, but she appeared to pull up lame early in the race. She also had to deal with an extra 1.5 kg as her penalty for winning the Caulfield Cup. Had she been able to overcome that penalty and carry her 53.3 kg burden to victory, she would have surpassed Bart Cummings first Melbourne Cup winner, Light Fingers, who saluted whilst carrying 52.5 kg in 1965.
The four-year-old bay mare by Ireland’s Myboycharlie out of Australia’s Mine Game has strong connections to the U.S., including Danehill, a nine-time Leading Sire in Australia, with similar recognition in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Five generations back, she has no fewer than three ties to Canada’s Northern Dancer, a stallion that has produced progeny that earned beyond $30 million in prizemoney.
Jameka has other significant wins to her credit. Her first big win was the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington, with Nick Hall performing jockey duties, as he was when she won the Caulfield Cup. Damien Oliver took the ride when she won the Group 2 AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley on the same day Winx was winning the Cox Plate.
Jameka beat the formidable New Zealand horse Tarzino on that occasion. Those two combined again the following month to take the post in Jameka’s next outing, the Group 1 Crown Oaks at Flemington, where she proved her versatility in handling a heavy track rated at nine.
Her trainer, Ciaron Maher of Cavallino Estate, has Jameka spelling at the moment. Future plans are being made, with no definite targets, although it is entirely reasonable to speculate she will defend her Caulfield Cup title in 2017.
She probably has another two seasons of racing in her future and she will doubtlessly get stronger as she matures, to the extent that a healthy Jameka could be expected to take out a Melbourne Cup before time is called on her career.
Congratulations and continued health and success to our October Horse of the Month, Jameka.