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Jameka's racing career over

Multiple Group 1 winning mare Jameka (Myboycharlie {Ire}) has been retired from the racetrack and will head to the breeding paddock.

A less than impressive trial at Cranbourne on Tuesday saw owners Colin and Janice McKenna and trainer Ciaron Maher decide to pull the pin on a comeback for the winner of the 2015 VRC Oaks, 2016 Caulfield Cup and 2017 The BMW.

"She was just a shade off her best," trainer Ciaron Maher told Racing.com. "I thought she prepped up really well but she races at such a high level so you can't really be off at all."

Jameka was brought at 2014 Melbourne Premier Sale for $130,000 and earned nearly $5 million in prizemoney in her 24-start career. Original part-owner McKenna then brought her outright for $2.6m at the Magic Millions broodmare sale in May,

It has yet to be confirmed which stallion Jameka will visit this spring.

Chautauqua on trial again

Racing New South Wales have granted connections of the enigmatic Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago) permission to trial the eight-year-old at Rosehill on Saturday.

The former champion sprinter of the world has failed to leave the barriers cleanly in numerous trials, but he has been on his best behaviour in several jump-outs, including one before Australian Turf Club starter Dale Jeffs on Tuesday morning.

Trained by Team Hawkes, Chautauqua will take part in a 1000m heat restricted to eight starters during racing three and four this weekend.

Messara Report going public

The much-anticipated review of the New Zealand racing industry by John Messara will be released next week.

The Arrowfield Stud chairman and former Racing Australia and Racing New South Wales chairman was earlier this year entrusted with the task by New Zealand Racing Minister Winston Peters.

Messara's findings will be aired at a public meeting on Thursday week at the Claudelands Conference Centre in Hamilton at 6pm.

Peters will deliver a speech followed by a question and answer session from the floor.

Regal win for Toronado

The royal start Swettenham Stud's shuttler Toronado (IRE) has made to his Northern Hemisphere career has continued.

His latest winner Topical is a home-bred for Her Majesty the Queen was successful at Thirsk for trainer Richard Hannon.

She is out of Star Venture (IRE), whose dam is the G1 Prix de Diane winner Shemaka (IRE).

Toronado will be represented by his first two-year-years this season and won't lack for opportunities with 132 from his opening crop.