The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
KAH STEERS CASCADIAN IN TOP STYLE
THE “Kah Train” rolled into Randwick yesterday and left with a famous Doncaster win.
Sydney punters and race fans have a greater appreciation of the Jamie Kah phenomenon now after she rode Godolphin’s Cascadian to win a historic $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.
Kah has taken Melbourne racing by storm this season but she is rewriting racing history everywhere she goes including: The first female jockey to ride the Doncaster winner; She is also the first female jockey to win a Group 1 race for the all-powerful Godolphin stable anywhere in the world; Kah is a runaway leader in the Melbourne jockey premiership and is set to become the first female rider to win the title; and She has ridden 80 Melbourne winners so far and seems certain to be the first to ride a century of winners in that city in a season
Kah had never ridden in a Doncaster Mile before or been on Cascadian’s back but you wouldn’t know it after she drove the baldy-faced chestnut down the centre of the course for a last-stride win.
“I am a bit speechless to be honest,” Kah said.
“I was talking to Hughie (Hugh Bowman, Mugatoo) in the gates and said ‘I’m going to follow you. I hope you win but if you don’t I am going to win’.
“We then got a beautiful run, everything just opened up at the right time for him. He probably waited a little bit on the line, that is why I wasn’t sure if I had got it or not.
“But, he stuck his nose out though and I couldn’t be happier.”
Kah said she jumped at the chance to ride for Godolphin when trainer James Cummings decided he wanted the jockey for Cascadian.
“You like to ride any of their (Godolphin) horses in a Group 1, they are always in the betting and always good chances,’’ she said. “I was happy to get the call-up.
“I have been in plenty of races with Cascadian and seen him go past me and then stop on the line and get beaten.
“So I knew I had to time the run right. He hit the front pretty quickly and I was just waiting for something to run him down. He was too tough.’’
Cascadian ($8) arrived in time to win the Doncaster by a head from the game Icebath ($21), with Dalasan ($31) threequarters of a length away third.
Favourite Mugatoo ($4.20) was given the run of the race by Bowman and had no excuses finishing fourth just in front of Godolphin galloper, Avilius.
Cascadian gave Cummings his second Group 1 win on Day One Of The Championships – he also prepared Anamoe to win the Inglis Sires – and the trainer revealed he had no hesitation booking Kah for the Doncaster.
“She’s rating right up on the figures as James McDonald is rating in Sydney. We were very, very keen to try and book her for a lightweight ride in the Doncaster,” Cummings said.
“Then once Cascadian came through the George Ryder with such a brilliant fourth and we got the opportunity to drop back in weight, Jamie’s team were very happy to ride him.”