Ciaron Maher runner Jukebox wins Vain Stakes at Caulfield

WINNING DOUBLE: Warrnambool-raised trainer Ciaron Maher enjoyed success at Caulfield on Saturday. Picture: Rob Gunstone
WINNING DOUBLE: Warrnambool-raised trainer Ciaron Maher enjoyed success at Caulfield on Saturday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Ciaron Maher’s promising colt Jukebox kept his unbeaten record intact when he scored a gutsy half-neck victory over Plutocracy and Poseidon’s Pool in the $150,000 Vain Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Jukebox, with champion jockey Craig Williams in the saddle, was the first leg of a winning double for Maher.

Here To There rounded off a successful day for the Warrnambool-born trainer when he won the last race, a $100,000 event. Maher said he might target Jukebox at the $250,000 group two Danehill Stakes at Flemington on September 16.

“Jukebox had a long smooth campaign to get him ready for the Vain Stakes,” Maher said.

“He’s won three from three now. He’s always shown us plenty of ability.

“There’s still improvement in him. He’s came back into work a lot stronger and better.”

Williams said he had concerns in the home straight.

“I was concerned at the top of the straight,” he said.

“Jukebox had a lovely run up to then but I went from going comfortable to wanting.

“Ciaron has been patient with Jukebox after a setback in the autumn.

“Jukebox lived up to his ability with that win.”