Jamie Kah, the South Australian sensation, courageously snatched Group 1 triumph from the jaws of defeat and knocked her mate Michelle Payne out of the record books.
Kah now has six Group 1 wins – a new all-time record for a female rider in Australia – after she turned Mission Impossible into the somehow possible with an incredible Kingsford-Smith Cup win on Vega One for hometown Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan.
Kah was behind a wall of horses in the Eagle Farm straight and her hopes looked shot but somehow she slid through gaps that didn’t seem to be there to score a breathtaking win that showcased her amazing riding skills.
Payne had five Group 1 wins but Kah now has one more and she is riding in such brilliant form that it surely won’t be too many years before she joins Payne as a Melbourne Cup winner.
The crowd at Eagle Farm gasped as Vega One and Kah appeared from nowhere to overhaul Gollan stablemate Jonker, which gave Queensland’s premier trainer a famous one-two in the Group 1.
“That is unbelievable – awesome, I wanted to get held up a bit on that horse but not that much, I needed a run desperately in the end,” Kah said.
“I was on a lot of trouble on him.
“I have to thank Bossy (Glen Boss) so much, he came up and told me everything about this horse and I wanted to get held up on this horse because Bossy said if you expose this horse (early) the horse thinks about it and he over thinks things.
“So thanks to Bossy for letting me know all of those little tricks.
Trainer Tony Gollan added: “We were actually on a knife’s edge with Vega One as to whether we were even going to be here with him today, just with little things going wrong.
“Jamie Kah doesn’t ride very often up here but I hope she comes up here a bit more often.
“She has done a great job, there were no instructions and I said just do what you want to do.” – Extracts, Herald Sun.
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