JAMEKA RETIRED – CHAUTAUQUA TO TRIAL AGAIN

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Caulfield Cup-winning mare Jameka has been retired and will head to the breeding barn.

Connections of the multiple Group 1 winner made the decision after the mare finished unplaced in a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday.

Jameka had not raced since in March last year, when she won the Group 1 BMW in Sydney by 6-1/2 lengths, after which she suffered life-threatening travel sickness.

Jameka had been back in work at Caulfield building towards a possible race return this spring, but trainer Ciaron Maher had said Jameka would only make a race comeback if she showed she was capable of competing at the top level again.

Jameka had a race-day gallop between races at Sandown last month and had been to the barrier trials at Cranbourne twice this month, including finishing fifth in her 1190m heat on Tuesday, before the decision was made to retire her.

“Jameka is offically retired & heads to the breeding barn,” Maher posted on Twitter. “She’s been the most tremendous horse and will be missed dearly.”

The six-year-old won six of her 24 starts, made another nine placings and amassed more than $4.8 million in prize money.

Her biggest win came in the 2016 Caulfield Cup. She also won the 2015 VRC Oaks and 2017 BMW at Group One level.

Meanwhile, barrier-shy Chautauqua will compete in a race day trial at Rosehill in an attempt to be reinstated to race.

The former world’s best sprinter has failed six times to jump out of the gates in official trials.

After considering submissions from connections represented by Rupert Legh, Racing NSW stewards will give him the chance on Saturday between races.

Stewards will allow Chautauqua to run in the barrier trial under two conditions:

Chautauqua will be required to barrier trial to the satisfaction of the stewards in two consecutive official barrier trials prior to being given permission to race again.

Should the gelding refuse to jump from the barriers in any of those official barrier trials, then Racing NSW stewards would refuse the nominations of the gelding from barrier trials and races under the provisions of Australian Rule 50.

In allowing Chautauqua to trial again, stewards said they were mindful of the submissions made by connections and encouraged by the gelding satisfactorily jumping from the barriers in numerous jump-outs.

They said they were conscious of providing every opportunity to the connections of Chautauqua to enable the gelding to return to racing and are satisfied on the available evidence his recent failures to begin from the barriers are related to behavioural issues and not a veterinary condition.

The 1000m-trial will be held between races three and four and nominations will close at 1pm on Wednesday with the field restricted to eight runners.

 

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