JAMEKA CAREER AT CROSSROADS
By Neale Donnelley
A MEETING between trainer Ciaron Maher and owner Col McKenna will determine the future of former outstanding staying mare, Jameka.
This was the outcome of Jameka’s attempted comeback after trialling plainly at Cranbourne this morning.
The now six-year-old has not raced since March last year when she was an amazing 6.5-length winner of the Group 1 $1.5 million The BMW (2400m) in Sydney, during The Championships.
A severe bout of travel sickness that almost killed the mare was enough for connections to retire her.
McKenna, one of the original owners, bought her back at the broodmare sales for $2.6 million and she subsequently was put back into work by Maher.
Jameka trialled for the second time at Cranbourne this morning, finishing fifth of just six runners.
Maher later told Peter Ellis Racing he felt she trialled “fairly”.
When quizzed on her future, Maher said: “I’ll have to speak with Col and see what he wants to do,” Maher said.
Jameka was won six races including three Group 1’s – the Victoria Oaks, Caulfield Cup and The BMW – as well as two Group 2 races and one Group 3.
She has won almost $5 million in stakes-money.