Jameka has made it a favourite’s Caulfield Cup, racing away to beat the internationals in the $3.5 million Group One race.
Given a perfect ride from Nick Hall, Jameka, the $4.20 favourite, sprinted clear to beat Godolphin stayer Scottish ($7) with Exospheric ($15) finishing third.
In a race of many changes, Jameka was positioned just off the pace after Hall sent her forward with Tally from a deep barrier.
She stalked the leaders to the turn before making her run to join Scottish at the 200m and then drew clear for a decisive win.
Hall said the result was a triumph for trainer Ciaron Maher’s meticulous planning.
“He’s done an exceptional job and he’s such a great trainer of campaign horses,” Hall said.
“And this goes to show the way he’s prepped this run by run is to win this race and he’s won it.”
Maher trains at Caulfield and it is his first win in a race rated alongside the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate among a trio of the Melbourne spring carnival’s most sought-after targets.
“it was just fantastic. It’s one of the big three and we’re thrilled,” Maher said.
“She’s a rare horse. I think she’s an extraordinary horse. I think she proved that today.”
On the ease of her win, bookmakers have promoted Jameka to equal favouritism at $5 to win the Melbourne Cup.