Maher Pleased with 2016 Caulfield Cup Prospects

July 19th, 2016

Trainer Ciaron Maher is pleased with the condition of both Jameka and Set Square, as the talented mares continue to step-up preparations ahead of their respective 2016 Caulfield Cup (2400m) campaigns.

Jameka is one of two horses Ciaron Maher will set for the 2016 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka is one of two horses Ciaron Maher will set for the 2016 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jameka and Set Square have stamped themselves as serious racehorses amongst their own age groups through their respective careers so far, however the 2016 Spring Carnival will figure as the first time both mares will compete amongst open company and against each other.

Having each completed a solid hit-out in a Caulfield barrier trial on Tuesday morning, Maher told Racing Victoria he is pleased with both horses and revealed they will be set on similar paths towards the Caulfield Cup upon resuming in spring.

“They went great. We weren’t overly hard on either of them it was more about getting them back into the swing of things and they both seemed to pull up well,” Maher said.

“Jameka probably holds just a little bit of that residual fitness from last preparation and Set Square having had the autumn off is a little bit behind her.

“They’re probably both going to follow a similar path through races like the Naturalism (Stakes), Turnbull (Stakes) and Caulfield Cup and then we can work it out from there.”

Jameka stamped herself as a filly to follow through an impressive two-year-old campaign during the 2015 Autumn Carnival, but undoubtedly found career-best form to date through a subsequent spring campaign.

Running third in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) first-up, the Myboycharlie filly ran in the minors in each of the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) and Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m); returning to winning form in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m).

A standout through five autumn starts this year without returning to winning form, Jameka ran third in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and second in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) most notably.

Winner of the 2014 edition of the Crown Oaks, Set Square has posted three wins and a further five minors through only twelve career starts, and has not been seen at the races since finishing fifth in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) in late October.

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Caulfield Cup odds, for which Jameka can be taken at a quote of $21 for success and Set Square a particularly generous $41.