The “Kah Train” rolled into Royal Randwick — and left with a famous 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) on Saturday.
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;
● The first female jockey to win a Group 1 race for the Godolphin stable anywhere in the world;
● She is a runaway leader in the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership and is set to become the first female to win the title; and
● Kah has ridden 80 Melbourne winners so far and seems certain to be the first to get a century in that city in a season.
She 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 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 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.’’
Cascadian ($8) arrived in time to win by a head from the very game Icebath ($21) with Dalasan ($31) three-quarters of a length away third.
Favourite Mugatoo ($4.20) was given the run of the race by Bowman and had no excuses in finishing fourth.
Cascadian gave Cummings his second Group 1 win on day one of The Championships as he also prepared Anamoe to win the Inglis Sires’ and the trainer said he had no hesitation booking Kah for the Doncaster.
“It goes without saying, she’s so far in front of the Victorian premiership it’s daylight second,’’ he said.
“She’s rating right up on the figures as James McDonald is rating in Sydney. We were very, very keen to try to book her for a lightweight ride in the Doncaster and we had a few circling.
“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 was very happy to ride him.
“It didn’t rely on me to make much of a point to her, she was very keen to be on him and she had the right plan. She thought about the race exactly the way we did and that’s put us in the frame.”Cummings, who has prepared 25 Group 1 winners, said the Doncaster-Sires’ double rates up there with his best achievements as a trainer.
“A couple of years ago, we won the Slipper and the Ranvet on the same day but for Anamoe to convert and for the Doncaster trophy to come back to Godolphin is fantastic,’’ he said.
“We had had a lean trot, we had a run of outs the last two weeks, but it felt like it was our turn this weekend. Our horses were perfect and the guys have worked very, very hard.’’
Icebath almost gave trainer Brad Widdup his first Group 1 winner. It was the second major race the mare has lost to a Godolphin-trained horse this season after Colette edged her out in the Golden Eagle.
Cummings said he felt “sympathy” for his training colleague.
“Too many times we’ve nosed him (Widdup) out or just beaten him in races,’’ Cummings said.