Kembla Grange coach Luke Price has heard how well Jamaea has followed this preparation from Brock Ryan over the past month. He had a direct view of the saddle on Tuesday and believes the jockey was underestimating the four-year-old mare’s improvement.
Price, who still rides a lot on the track, took the reins with Ryan for two months after injuring his shoulder ligaments in a fall on the track two weeks ago for Jamaea’s final canter on Tuesday morning before Saturday’s Toy Show Quality in Randwick.
“Brock told me she was flying every time he came back, but he’s always said that about her since she was a baby,” Price said. “She’s definitely improved physically, not dramatically, but she just looks stronger in all the right places.
“But when I got on her, she just blew my mind on Tuesday.
“When Brock kept coming back saying how good she was, I thought he was right after the race, but she feels so strong and fast.
“She is the eye-catcher on the track. Another coach came up to me after work and told me you must be happy with her.
“She’s been winning a race again for nearly a year, so she has to show it on race day, but we’re excited for what she could do this spring.”
Jamaea is a Group 2 winner at two and three, winning the Percy Sykes Stakes and the Furious Stakes, and has already faced all comers when he was third behind stablemate Count De Rupee in the Victory Stakes in Brisbane before to leave for a spell.
Price chose the Toy Show as her starting point as she is still favorably placed in the handicap at just 55kg, while in future mare races she will have to take a Group 2 penalty against the same opposition.