Caulfield Cup winner Jameka has signalled she is on target for another exciting campaign with a pleasing jump-out on her home track.
The Ciaron Maher-trained mare, who is being readied for her return in Saturday week’s Group One C F Orr Stakes, was on the speed throughout an 800m jump-out on Tuesday at Caulfield with her Cup-winning jockey Nick Hall aboard.
The four-year-old, who won the VRC Oaks in the spring of 2015 and won last year’s Caulfield Cup, worked from the 2000m mark to the 1200m.
Jameka had stakes performed sprinter Super Cash on her outside during the heat which included a number of other stakes-class performers.
With Jameka’s trainer Ciaron Maher in New Zealand for the yearling sales, his assistant David Eustace oversaw the morning’s work.
“Nick was very happy,” Eustace said.
“You could see she was moving very well. She was sharp out of the gates and clearly wanted to be there. She was up and about and very enthusiastic which is what you want.
“She wasn’t asked to do a whole lot late, she just strode through the line and she’ll kick off next Saturday and the runs will bring her on after that.”
After the C F Orr over 1400m, Jameka will head to the Peter Young Stakes (1800m) before the Group One Australian Cup (2000m).
Eustace said they had been confident Jameka had come back well and Tuesday’s hit-out was further proof of that.
“Her work has been pretty good and we were pretty confident she was in as good a form as ever,” he said.
“That (jump-out) gives you a bit of confidence to say she is.”
Jameka’s six-run spring campaign was highlighted by her dominant Caulfield Cup victory, while she also won the Naturalism Stakes and was second in the Turnbull Stakes behind Hartnell.
She finished 15th in the Melbourne Cup at her most recent start before a spell.