Horse Racing: Jockey Hugh Bowman could have been forgiven for thinking he was on Winx as classy mare Jameka turned the one point five million dollar Group one of the BMW into a one-act affair.
JAMEKA won’t be heading overseas in the near future after trainer Ciaron Maher decided to spell the mare.
Maher said Jameka was improving every day from her bout of travel sickness.
He said she would be back for the spring and he would check with Racing Victoria handicapper Greg Carpenter as to what weight she would carry in the Caulfield Cup.
Maher also pointed out there were still 2400m races in Europe that last year’s Caulfield Cup winner could contest during our spring.
Maher’s two-year-old Merchant Navy could head to Sydney for the 1600m Champagne Stakes on Saturday week after he kept his unbeaten record intact at Sandown yesterday.
McDonald on hold
JAMES McDonald’s appeal to NSW’s Racing Appeals Tribunal against his 18-month disqualification ended on Wednesday. Judge David Amati said he hoped to have a decision for the jockey within seven days.
Streak of Note
ROBBIE Griffiths’ mare Single Note and the Michael Roebuck-trained Bel Burgess both recorded their fourth win in a row at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.
Single Note was ridden top victory in the 1600m Joe Chila Memorial Handicap by Beau Mertens, who described her as “unbelievable” and “very tough”.
“She relishes the mile and tries her heart out,” he said.
Single Note was the second leg of a Mertens double. He also won the 3400m Benchmark 84 on See Line Women. He has ridden 48 city winners and is within six of leader Craig Williams.
Roebuck, who has nine horses in work at Geelong, prepared Bel Burgess to win the 1600m Benchmark 70.
Sky Racing Update for Wednesday the 5th of April.
NEW broadcasting and wagering rights for Australian and New Zealand racing have been confirmed under agreements reached between Tabcorp and the New Zealand Racing Board.
The enhanced package of agreements guarantees the continued telecast of New Zealand racing into Australia through Sky Racing and Australian racing into New Zealand via NZRB’s Trackside. It will also provide certainty for the co-mingling of tote pools in both countries.
A PARTNERSHIP forged on Wednesday morning between Coolmore, Stonestreet, Aquis/Bluesky and Unifaith landed the highest-priced yearling on the second day of Sydney’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sales.
The group paid $2.4 million for a colt by Medaglia D’Oro from General Nediym mare Hoss Amor. Sold by Yarraman Park, Scone, the colt realised the sixth-highest price at the sale in the past decade.
When the four bloodstock groups realised they were all going to bid, they decided it would be cheaper and easier to land the colt together.
Originally published as Jameka to return in spring