Trainer Ciaron Maher believes that talented mares Jameka and Set Square are too hard to split leading into their third-up appearances in Saturday’s 2016 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Both Group 1 winners, Jameka and Set Square have each produced smart performances from their starts in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) respectively this season, and will only relish a step up to 2000m to in Naturalism Stakes.
Maher told Racing Victoria that he is pleased with the condition taken by the stable mates leading into Saturday’s feature, but conceded he cannot decide which mare is a better prospect of success.
“Leading into the Dato I thought Jameka might have been a bit sharper around the Valley but her race didn’t go to plan and Set Square sat wide and flowed into the race nicely,” Maher said.
“They’re both progressing through their campaigns nicely and they’re probably both better suited getting out to 10 furlongs (2000m) this Saturday.
“Both of them have improved with each run and they both worked really well (Tuesday) morning at Caulfield on the steeple grass.
“Set Square is probably down the (Caulfield Cup ballot) order a bit further so if she was able to win that would be ideal but I don’t think there’s a lot between them.”
Breaking through for her maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) last spring, Jameka has posted three wins and a further seven minors through her sixteen career starts so far.
Winner of the 2014 edition of the Crown Oaks, Set Square has finished outside the first three only a handful of times; posting three wins and six minors through thirteen career starts; unlucky to have missed a good portion of the last twelve months through injury.
The 2016 Naturalism Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, today (Wednesday September 14).
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