Jameka’s comeback to racing is far from certain with trainer Ciaron Maher admitting she needs to improve on her showing in a barrier trial at Cranbourne.
The mare hasn’t raced since suffering a bout of life-threatening travel sickness after her win in the 2017 Group One BMW in Sydney.
She stepped out in an official barrier trial on Monday and finished sixth in a star-studded heat over 990m.
Maher said they would only press on with a comeback to racing if he felt Jameka would be competitive at the top level, otherwise she would be retired to stud.
‘Underwhelming’ Jameka this morning.
Where to now for the 2016 Caulfield Cup winner? https://t.co/vWFurKVyZN
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) August 6, 2018
He described Jameka’s trial as “OK” but would have liked to have seen more from the 2016 Caulfield Cup winner who had a jump-out at Caulfield recently as part of her build-up to a possible race return.
“She needed to improve from her jump-out the other day,” Maher said. “She’s not back to her best yet. Whether she gets there or not, we’ll work that out.
“She needs to improve a little. The breeding season is coming upon us. That was always going to be the deciding factor, which way we went.
“She either goes to the breeding barn or back to the races.
“She needs to show us that she’s up to that Group One level, or back to somewhere near her best.
“We’ll make a decision soon enough.”
Not exactly effusive from Ciaron on Jameka. On the balance of probabilities, would say we may have seen the last of her on the racetrack. https://t.co/yvlDZK6dNG
— Bren O'Brien (@streetruffian) August 6, 2018
Jameka was ridden by Mark Zahra in Monday’s trial won by the Mick Price-trained Group Two winner Holy Snow who defeated his Group One-winning stablemates Grunt and Mighty Boss.
“She has had a better turn of foot in the past, and I thought she was good through the line,” Maher said.
“She’s not back to where she was, yet, but she’s in pretty good order.
“I’ll see how she pulls up and sit down with the owners and make a decision.”
Six-year-old Jameka has won six of her 24 starts highlighted by Group One wins in the 2015 VRC Oaks (2500m), the 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and the 2017 BMW (2400m).