Jameka joined Black Caviar and All Too Hard in an elite club at the Australian Racehorse of the Year function held in Brisbane on Sunday (8th October).
Winning the title of Australia’s Champion Racehorse in the Staying Division, the Gilgai Farm bred mare joined past Gilgai champion’s, Black Caviar (multiple Australian Racehorse of the Year) and All Too Hard (3 Year Old Australian Racehorse Champion).
The award capped a stellar season for the Ciaron Maher trained charge. The Naturalism Stakes in the spring of 2016, saw the mare get out to a suitable winning trip for the first time that preparation and she duly saluted running away to win by 3&3/4 lengths.
Second to Hartnell in the Turnball had her primed for the Caulfield Cup at her pet distance of 2,400 metres. In one of the most dominant displays in recent years she raced away from a field of international performers to win the Cup eased down by 3 lengths.
Returning in the Autumn saw the mare run 4th, first up in the 1,400 metre ORR Stakes. She progressed then to the Australian Cup. Given a torrid trip she was unable to hold out the late closer Humidor and was collared on the wire.
The return match with Humidor came 2 weeks latter in the time honoured BMW Gr1 2,400m Stakes. On this occasion Jameka made an absolute “mess” of the field, idling down to win by 6 & 1/2 lengths, empathetically displaying why she was crowned Australia’s best racehorse beyond 2,000 metres for season 2016-17.
Jameka runs away from Humidor and co in Rosehills BMW Stakes