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Jameka entered for P.B. Lawrence

A desire to see how the comeback mare Jameka performs under race conditions might be enough for Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher to send the mare to the races as early as this Saturday.

The 2016 Caulfield Cup champion was one of 18 entries for Saturday's $200,000, Group 2 WFA PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, but while Maher was being coy about her return when quizzed on Monday, he said race conditions might provoke a response from the mare.

"It would be good to see her under race conditions - it might just stimulate her a bit more - but as I said, I'll see how she works and we'll make a decision closer to race day," Maher said.

"I've got a fair idea on her now but I'll have a chat to the owner first. I thought we'd put her in there and have a look. It's an option. She'll either trial or go to the races.’’

Saturday's Lawrence Stakes will mark almost exactly 18 months since Jameka last raced. After winning the Group 1 BMW ovr 2400m at Rosehill by a widening six and a half lengths, Jameka was struck down with a serious bout of travel sickness on her way home to Melbourne.

Maher feared she might not live but Jameka's condition finally improved to the stage where he put her back into work. A lacklustre trial at Cranbourne last month placed some doubt on her return, but her nomination for the Lawrence can only be seen as a positive sign.

If Jameka does return to the races this Saturday she might find herself up against as many as seven horses from the Darren Weir stable.

Weir nominated Caulfield Cup favourite Kings Will Dream as well as proven group 1 performers Humidor, Black Heart Bart, Red Cardinal, Big Duke, Danon Liberty and last week's Aurie's Star winner Voodoo Lad.


Caulfield nominations

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