CIARON Maher will train the full brother of his former star mare Jameka after buying the yearling colt for $600,000 on the final day of the Magic Millions Premier Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
The former Warrnambool trainer, who had winners at Flemington and Randwick plus a second placegetter with Dubious in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday, told The Standard the ownership in the young colt will be finalised this week.
“We’ve got to sort a few things out early this week but it looks like all the shares are gone,” Maher said.
“The majority of Jameka’s owners will take shares in the colt and there are another couple of people interested in racing him. The colt reminds me a lot of Jameka. He’s a lovely type of colt with an excellent confirmation.”
From her 24 starts Jameka won six races, including the 2016 Caulfield Cup, and more than $4.8 million in prizemoney.
Maher purchased Jameka for $130,000 at the 2014 Inglis Yearling Sales in Melbourne.
Maher purchased 19 yearlings from the four day sale at a cost of more than $4.5 million but with syndications he may train more than 30 yearlings that were sold.
Boom colt Dubious lost no admirers with his second placing in the $2 million Classic, according to Maher.
“It was a super run by Dubious,” he said.
“We’ll give him a freshen up and set him for the Golden Slipper at Rosehill on March 23. He’s a tough colt who has not put a foot wrong in his three starts.”
Bold Arial won at Flemington for Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, while Star Fall was successful at Randwick.