2016 Caulfield Cup winner Jameka is on track for a possible return to racing just 12 months after a bout of travel sickness almost took her life.
Trainer Ciaron Maher said the triple Group 1 winner is continuing to improve and could contest a trial next month.
“I thought she was done but the longer she’s in work, the more confidence she gives me,” Maher said.
“I rode her this morning and she’s just such an unbelievable horse to ride.”
— Ciaron Maher (@cmaherracing) June 8, 2018
We haven’t seen Jameka at the races since her seven-length romp in last years’ BMW at Rosehill and it was during her trip home after that win that she contracted travel sickness.
After spending an extended period of time at the South Eastern Equine Hospital fighting for her life, Jameka returned to Maher’s Caulfield stables earlier this year to prepare for the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale.
She was bought back at the sale for $2.6 million by one of her part-owners Colin McKenna who isn’t against the idea of her racing again.
“She seems to have pretty close to all her attributes,” Maher told Racing.com.
“She’s a pretty sort of arrogant horse around the stable – the walk-over-the-top-of-you type.
“She was really fresh this morning and really well. She did a couple of pieces of pacework last week. It will be a test when we put her under trial or race conditions and give her a squeeze and see how she responds, but so far so good.
“I’m just giving her a nice, easy build-up. Nothing is set in concrete yet but I think she could be ready to trial in something like three weeks to a month.
“If she does show me she is back to her best or somewhere closer to it, I am sure I can have a conversation with (owners) Colin and Janice (McKenna) to twist their arm to give her another try.”
— Melbourne Racing Club (@MelbRacingClub) October 19, 2017