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A decision is pending whether star mare Jameka will make a return to racing in the P B Lawrence Stakes.
Jameka has not raced since winning the Group One BMW (2400m) in Sydney in March last year, after which she suffered life threatening travel sickness, but the six-year-old has been nominated for Saturday's Group Two 1400m weight-for-age race at Caulfield.
Co-trainer Ciaron Maher told Melbourne radio station RSN927 on Tuesday morning a decision would be made after a discussion with her owners.
"We'll make a decision tomorrow," Maher said.
"I'll sit down with Colin and Janice McKenna and we'll weigh everything up and make a decision."
The McKennas paid $2.6 million at the National Broodmare Sale to buy out their previous partners in Jameka who has been back in work in recent months with a view to a possible return to racing.
The mare had a jump-out at Caulfield last month and a barrier trial at Cranbourne last Monday week with Maher admitting he expected to see more from her.
But he said on Tuesday the triple Group One winner usually improves throughout a preparation.
"She does her trackwork fine. She's a high-quality mare and you're not putting them under that race pressure on the (training) track," Maher said.
"And she's a mare that improves all the way throughout her campaign. Her last run is usually her best.
"So there's a bit to stew over.
"She's certainly come up well. She came through her trial well. I thought she could have done a little bit more but she improves all the way through. She's had a good bit of time off and she was quite sick, so there's a little bit to weigh up.
"There's the breeding season upon us as well. So we'll sit down and weigh everything up.
Group One winners Unforgotten, D'Argento and Comin' Through are likely to join their illustrious stablemate Winx in the race named in her honour at Randwick.
Trainer Chris Waller will also nominate another couple of stablemates heading to spring staying features but all eyes will be on Winx on Saturday as she attempts to claim Australia's longest winning streak with her 26th straight victory.
Champion sprinter Black Caviar will always have the distinction of going through her career unbeaten in her 25 starts but Winx has surpassed her in the Group One tally as she shoots for No,19.
Even though Winx has now turned seven, Waller says she looks as good as ever and jockey Hugh Bowman says she feels as good as ever.
"I can't fault her," Waller said.
"She is a happy horse, a fit horse and seems like she always does.
"She is not a complicated horse to train.
"It would be a great honour to win the race named after her."
Winx has had her usual build-up with two barrier trials, the most recent last Tuesday when she finished third behind Alizee and Ace High.
Rosehill Guineas winner D'Argento finished fourth in the 1000m-heat while Australian Oaks winner Unforgotten was eighth.
Doomben Cup winner Comin' Through has spent his time since his Group One win in May in Queensland.
He also ran in a trial last Tuesday, finishing three lengths fifth in a 900m-trial at the Gold Coast won by speedster Whypeeo from his equally fast Toby Edmonds-trained stablemate Houtzen.
In the final few days leading up to Saturday, Winx will have a fast gallop on Tuesday and a final tune-up on Thursday.
Her definite Group One targets in Sydney are the Winx Stakes and George Main Stakes but as always, Waller is cautious.
"With her it is always one race at a time," he said.
If all goes well, Winx will head to the Cox Plate in October to try to win Australia's weight-for-age championship for an unprecedented fourth time.
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