Jamie Kah records 1000th career win but rules herself out of Ayrton ride in Stradbroke Handicap

Jamie Kah has joined trailblazers Linda Meech and Clare Lindop as the third female jockey to ride 1000 career winners.

The milestone, courtesy of a Pakenham double, came as Kah conceded she would not be able to ride Ayrton at 49.5kg in the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Unbeaten three-year-old Ayrton — the Stradbroke favourite — must win the Group 3 Fred Best Stakes at Eagle Farm on May 29 to gain a start in the 1400m Brisbane feature.

“There’s no chance of me doing 49.5kg … 51kg is probably the minimum,” Kah said.

“I’m not going to try 49.5kg.”

There is no penalty for winning the Fred Best, which means Ayrton, if successful, would be allotted the minimum 49.5kg under Stradbroke weight-for-age conditions.

Kah rode 51kg in 2012 — her lightest ever — and got down to 51.5kg in the 2018 Stadbroke.

The five-time Group 1 winner on Wednesday entered the record books as the third Australian female jockey to win 1000 races — behind Meech (1715) and Lindop (1434).

“It’s pretty cool, I think it’s my ninth year of riding to knock that up, it’s unbelievable,” Kah told Racing.com in her mounting yard interview.

Kah was only told about the impending feat on Tuesday by her future mother-in-law.

“I had no idea, I knew it was coming up soon, but no, it’s pretty special,” Kah said.

“You think you’d ride a couple hundred winners in your career, you’d never think 1000.”

Kah winning aboard Ayrton last Saturday at Caulfield. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Racing Victoria executive general manager racing Greg Carpenter congratulated Kah on the “fantastic achievement”.

“Jamie is the biggest story in racing this year and continues to be an inspiration to young riders, particularly female riders,” Carpenter said.

“To ride 1000 winners is a great achievement and to do so in just Jamie’s ninth season of riding is incredible.

“Fittingly it took all her riding skills to land the favourite in the last at Pakenham.”

After chalking up her 999th win easily on Kurabui, the 25-year-old lifted Bermadez in the last to get the Michael Moroney-trained galloper over the line in a blanket finish.

“He made me work hard for it in the end,” Kah said.

“He drew a sticky gate so we had to go back and take our medicine … he’s quite a raw horse still, he wanted to lay in and do a bit wrong.”

Originally published asKah’s big Ayrton decision as she hits 1000 wins

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