Myboycharlie filly Jameka is peaking ahead of her third run since a spell in the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
“She’s spot-on,” replacement jockey Mark Zahra said after working the filly at Caulfield earlier this week. “I couldn’t fault her.”
Jameka won the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) third back from a break at Flemington in March and trainer Ciaran Mahar put her away, straight away, so he could specifically target the fillies classic this Saturday.
That mission involved two lead-ups and she was placed both times, without a lot of luck, in the LR Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield.
Zahra gets back aboard after riding her on debut at Ballarat last December. “She ran second that day – I liked her then and I like her now. I rang Ciaron and told him I was due for another go. It’s a great pick-up ride and there’s not a lot between the fillies.”
Jameka cost Maher $130,000 from Gilgai Farm at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and Vinery sire Myboycharlie got her from a Melbourne winning half-sister to G1 Canterbury Guineas winner Jymcarew.
“She’s very strong with a lovely big action,” Maher declared. “I’ve always said she would be best out to a mile in the spring.”
In Brisbane, Myboycharlie filly Blueberry Hill will be on trial for a trip south when she returns to action in Race 2 at Doomben on Saturday.
The Liam Birchley trained three year-old is clearly the class runner of the field but is still a bit immature. “She didn’t spell very well and has been held back by a hamstring injury,” Birchley said. “We could take her to Melbourne for a race over the carnival. It’s just a matter of how she comes through Saturday.”
Blueberry Hill won the G2 Champagne Classic and was runner-up in the G1 BTC Sires’ Produce Stakes during the winter carnival and has been installed a $4 second-favourite for the Iona Old Boys Hcp (1050m).