Jameka Too Good In Oaks

5
Nov

Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher went back-to-back in the Group I VRC Oaks (2500m) when Jameka proved too good for her rivals at Flemington on Thursday.

Jameka proved too good for her rival fillies in the VRC Oaks on Thursday. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Having defeated subsequent Victoria Derby winner Tarzino at her previous start in the Group II Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate day, Oliver rode Jameka with confidence.

Setting a moderate early speed on the outside of Muzyka to the 600m, Oliver applied the pressure before the home turn and rode Jameka into a clear lead.

Ambience tried to challenge, then Honesta, but neither could reel in Jameka who went on to defeat Honesta ($8.50) by 2 1/4-lengths with Ambience ($4) a further 1 1/4-lengths away third.

Maher won the classic last year with Set Square and said the two fillies are different.

“Set Square was a late developer and more of a stayer whereas this filly (Jameka) was a good two-year-old and has more of a turn of foot,” Maher said.

“Ollie backed her (Jameka) in there and rode her like she was the best horse in the race.

“She’s got a beautiful stride on her and is a very clean winded filly.

“There’s nothing better than winning a big race like this during the carnival, it’s what it’s all about.

“I’m thrilled to be able to do it for a second year and for a great bunch of owners.”

Oliver said he was always confident aboard the daughter of Myboycharlie.

“She actually dropped the bit when we were in front and I wanted to stay one horse off the rail,” Oliver said.

“She was going easy a long way out and always travelled like the winner.”