Every jockey at Caulfield on Saturday not named Jamie Kah will want to beat Melbourne’s premier rider.
It’s not personal by any means, as any jockey in Kah’s boots, staring down Victorian racing history or not, would face the same scrutiny.
Premiership-bound Kah’s dominance will be feted in time, so too the quest to become the first jockey to ride 100 winners officially in Melbourne in a single season.
A deep-seated competitive streak, like the courage and dedication needed to ride, is the prerequisite for any jockey, anywhere.
“Always happy to spoil the Kah show,” one victorious jockey said with a smirk last Wednesday at Sandown after one of Kah’s mounts charged into third place.
Retired Group 1 jockey James Winks said Kah’s next city winner would be as hard fought as the first 99 this season.
“It’s so cutthroat out there you don’t care Jamie Kah is trying to win a premiership,” Winks, now a sought-after jockey coach and mentor, said.
“It’s like when (Craig) Williams and (Damien) Oliver were going ding dong … it makes you more determined to try to knock them off.
“They’re trying to win a premiership, it doesn’t mean you don’t want to win as well.
“I wouldn’t have thought they’d be handing it to her.”
Jamie Kah went eight rides without a winner at Sandown on Wednesday. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Kah has seven rides at Caulfield on Saturday, including five early-market favourites.
Public interest in Kah’s record bid coupled with the Black Caviar or Winx-style souvenir mentality has influenced betting markets.
Not unlike her dominance in South Australia before she relocated to Victoria, and akin to the average punter rallying behind William Pike in Perth, her horses tend to start shorter than form potentially warrants.
“The pressure has been on (Kah) and I reckon a lot of her horses (recently) have been fake favourites, to be honest, just doing the form,” Winks said.
“Bookies are probably laughing at the moment.”
Kah will surpass Brett Prebble’s long-held and respected 99½-win record, a tally set in the 1999-2000 season, with a win on Saturday.
Caulfield has been kind to Kah this season, with 25 of her 99 city winners at The Heath.
“It will happen and it will be a great achievement,” Winks said.
“Brett Prebble has got to be recognised too, he’s held that record for a long, long time.
“To say it’s 99½ is a bit of a kick in the balls, to be honest. It’s 100.
“If the horse wins a maiden (in a dead-heat) it doesn’t stay a maiden, it goes up in class.
“A big credit to him and big credit to her for being able to do it … Ollie and Williams have won lots and lots of premierships between them but haven’t got near it (100 in a season). Full credit to her.
“She’s only going to get better.”
JAMIE KAH’S CAULFIELD RIDES
– Analysis by Brad Waters
R1: No.10 VIVIANE ($4.20)
Kah takes over from Damian Lane on the Ellerton/Zahra-trained Viviane, who was no match for the smart Jigsaw at Caulfield second-up. There’s a couple of stronger chances and she has an awkward barrier eight.
R2: No.4 DEEP SPEED ($2.50)
Deep Speed from the Tony and Calvin McEvoy camp appears Kah’s best of the day. He impressed winning his first two runs last spring before solid efforts in stakes class. He failed at his last run at Gold Coast but might have had enough. Soft ground a query but he blitzed rivals in a Ballarat Synthetic jumpout recently.
Jamie Kah will ride favourite Deep Speed in race 2. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
R3: NO RIDE
R4: No.10 SUGARTOWN ($4.20)
A strong winner in easier grades first two runs this time in but found out in a strong race down the straight at Flemington last time. Trainer Danny O’Brien has freshened the three-year-old and brought her back to fillies’ grade. Will need early luck to get Sugartown into a good spot from barrier 12. Each-way chance.
R5: NO RIDE
R6: No.7 RED SANTA ($3.90)
Red Santa is favourite but he might be under the odds in this even affair. He was OK in Sydney last time out but the three-year-old has still only won a Geelong maiden. Not sure about Red Santa.
R7: No.7 THOUGHT OF THAT ($5)
Thought Of That did a good job when fighting on well after a tough run resuming at Flemington but there’s a clear warning sign in his form. He’s unplaced at all four second-up runs and hasn’t won a race since the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield in October 2019.
R8: No.10 MALKOVICH (TAB price $2.60)
Malkovich has been well-backed in early betting but interested to see how he goes. He was reasonably impressive when too good for his own age under 61kg here at Caulfield last time out but steps up to weight-for-age against tough older sprinters. He’d be getting 7.5kg from Viridine in a handicap but only gets half a kilogram advantage at weight-for-age.
R9: No.13 GRINZINGER ALLEE ($3.20)
For punters’ pockets, hopefully Kah will have notched the ton earlier in the day and won’t have to rely on Grinzinger Allee in the last. Grinzinger Allee is a talented galloper but has drawn awkwardly on the tricky Caulfield 1400m course, which means Kah will have to produce a perfect ride with a little bit of luck to win the last for the Danny O’Brien stable.
KAH CAULFIELD WINNERS
1+ winners: $1.10
2+ winners: $1.60
3+ winners: $3.30
4+ winners: $10
5+ winners: $81
TAB fixed odds
Originally published asWhy rival jockeys want to spoil Kah show
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