RECENTLY retired Caulfield Cup winner Jameka has taken her first step towards motherhood.
The multiple group 1 winner was covered by the impeccably bred Darley stallion Impending, which stands at Northwood Park in Seymour, last week.
Owner Colin McKenna said he was excited with the mating of his star mare and Impending.
“Impending raced in the top company, winning five of his 18 starts including group 1 races,” McKenna said. “I’m confident he’ll develop into a top stallion.
“Impending is a magnificent athletic-looking stallion he has a real presence about him. Impending is extremely well bred, being by Lonhro.
“He’s the highest-rated son of Lonhro standing stud in Victoria.
He was the first three-year-old in a decade to win the group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
“We were mindful with the mating that we wanted a bit of speed into the breeding, as Jameka’s performances in staying races were outstanding and I feel Impending fits the bill to offer speed into the progeny.”
From her 24 starts, Jameka won six races including big group 1 features such as the 2015 VRC Oaks, the 2016 Caulfield Cup and the 2017 BMW Stakes at Rosehill.
The six-year-old mare had her career cut short after suffering a bout of travel sickness on the way back to her Caulfield stable following her resounding victory in the BMW Stakes.
Trainer Ciaron Maher was hopeful the lightly raced mare would return to racing, but she failed to reach those dizzy heights and was subsequently retired.
A TENSE battle is looming for positions on the Country Racing Victoria board, with licensed Warrnambool trainer Bill Wilde confirming he may throw his hat into the ring for one of the three vacant roles.
Long-serving sitting members Lance McMillan and Chas Armytage will renominate, while Neil McCrae has decided to stand down after more than 14 years on the board.
McMillan has been on the board for 12 years and Armytage 14 years.
Briga Fliender has already nominated for one of the vacancies. Mark Ewing has indicated his name will be among the nominations when they close on October 22. Wilde said he will decide if he will nominate within the next 10 days.
The Warrnambool Cup-winning trainer told The Standard he had been approached to stand.
“I’ve had a chat with a few people regarding standing for the board,” Wilde said.
“I’ve got a bit of support, but I’ve got to work a few things out before I declare if I’m going to stand or not.
“I think I can offer a few new initiatives and ideas to Country Racing if I decide to stand.” Wilde, who is the western district representative on the Victoria branch of the Australian Trainers Association, is also the president of the South West Owners Trainers and Riders Association.
The result of the election ballot for CRV will be announced at its annual general meeting in late November.
BACK IN STYLE
SPEEDY Warrnambool-trained sprinter Roddandtodd made a successful return to racing with a second placing under lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night, according to his trainer Daniel Bowman.
Roddandtodd was resuming from a 14-week break before Written Choice defeated the lightly raced four-year-old by more than a length in the 955 metre scamper.
Bowman was upbeat with the performance of Roddandtodd.
“It was a great return,” Bowman said.
“He was run off his legs early but finished off the race hard.
“The best thing was he added another string to his bow with how he finished it off. He showed he can come from back in the field and run on and finish a race off.
“He’s won two races at the Valley over this distance. He’s going to be very competitive in similar type races around the Valley in the future.”
Roddandtodd picked up more than $9500 in stakemoney from the second placing, taking his total prizemoney earnings to more than $69,000.
Meanwhile, Bowman has set his stable star Working From Home for a listed fillies and mares race on Caulfield Cup Day.
Working From Home was unplaced at her first-up run from a break at Caulfield on September 30.
FORMER Warrnambool-based jockey Nikita Beriman will be on the sidelines from October 16-25 after pleading guilty to a careless riding charge at Bairnsdale on Sunday.
Stewards took into account her guilty plea and recent riding record before handing down the penalty.
Apprentice jockey Rose Pearson booted home a winning double at Echuca on Saturday but fell foul with the stewards for her ride on Fullforward.
Pearson pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge.
Stewards found that approaching and passing the winning post, Pearson permitted Fullforward to shift out when improving.
This resulted in Make Me Dough being tightened for room and having to be checked.
Make Me Dough clipped the heels of Fullforward, knuckled and almost dislodged its rider, Tahlia Hope.
Pearson’s suspension started at midnight on October 6 and ends October 19. Her winners at Echuca were Hardern and Triage.