Jameka launched her claims for the Crown Oaks by beating the boys with a strong performance in the Dilmah Exceptional Teas Vase (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Bookmakers immediately slashed Jameka’s price for the Flemington Group 1 from $7 to $4 on the back of the effort, installing her second favourite behind Sacred Eye ($3).
Trainer Ciaron Maher won last year’s Oaks with Set Square and he says Jameka measures up well in comparison.
“This horse has probably got the form on the board, (Set Square) was quite raw,” Maher said.
“They’re probably similar-type horses, both have that real staying ability.
“We’re really targeted the Oaks for her, so it’s a great job by (Damien Oliver) and the team at home, she seems to be coming together nicely.”
Jameka enjoyed a beautiful run in transit, sitting in the box seat behind early leader Shards.
Shards gave a kick on the turn but Oliver stayed patient and got to work on Jameka, and she responded, overhauling Shards in the final 100m.
Mick Price’s Tarzino caught the eye with a slashing third, and is now a $2.70 favourite for the Victoria Derby, while Pasadena Girl finished fourth.
Maher confirmed Jameka will now go straight into the Oaks.
“She’s just really starting to peak so I’m really looking forward to the Flemington Carnival and the Oaks,” he said.