Jameka gains revenge on Australian Cup conqueror Humidor in BMW
Report: Australia, Saturday
Rosehill: The BMW (Group 1) 1m4f | turf | 3yo+
Jameka (Ciaron Maher/Hugh Bowman) exacted revenge on Humidor in emphatic style, beating the Australian Cup winner by six and a half lengths in the BMW.
Wnner of the Caulfield Cup last spring, the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka was joint favourite in the Australian Cup two weeks ago but was beaten a neck by Humidor.
The former Sir Michael Stoute-trained Exospheric, third in the Australian Cup, finished in the same position here.
Maher said: "It was a super effort today and what a ride by Hughie. This was one of her target races and I'm just rapt to get it done."
Bowman was equally thrilled. He said: "I won the VRC Oaks for Ciaron a few years ago on Set Square and I've had a limited but very good association since.
"This mare was dominant in winning the Caulfield Cup. You had to see it to believe her run in the Australian Cup. She made my job easy. I just had to keep her happy and keep her in her rhythm. I had to have confidence in her ability."
Also on Saturday
Rosehill: Vinery Stud Stakes (Group 1) 1m2f | turf | 3yo fillies
Leon Corstens might be the senior member of a family training partnership but he paid tribute to the ability of his Troy after the Group 1 win of Montoya's Secret (Leon & Troy Corstens/Noel Callow) in the Vinery Stud Stakes.
A long-time Melbourne foreman for Bart Cummings, Leon Corstens admitted he was reluctant to bring his filly to Sydney on Saturday to run on the heavy track.
But son Troy decided they should roll the dice, with a start in the Australian Oaks in two weeks in mind.
"If it was left to me, we wouldn't be here," Corstens said.
But here they were, and Montoya's Secret (11-1) came with a late run under Noel Callow to beat Nurse Kitchen (17-1) by a head.
"I was getting a bit worried about the 1,000 metres," Corstens said.
"We were going backwards when we should have been going forwards. We got a good run after that. Everything worked to plan after that so it was really good."
Jockey Noel Callow's joy at the win was later tempered by a hefty ban for reckless and careless riding and a $15,000 fine, a ruling he will appeal against.