Kah Wins Her First Big One in a Big One Australian Cup

We are never shy about making mention of it when we are right and today is no exception.

It has been obvious to anyone for some time that Adelaide jockey Jamie Kah was fit to ride big races in the east. She steered Harlem to the win in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000 m) at Flemington on Saturday to notch her first Group 1 win.

It was a Winx-less race, to be sure, but it was not as though she was handed a heavy favourite with a barrier full of stablemates, as is often the case for some jockeys who have enjoyed success over the past few years.

Kah was riding Harlem for the Hayes – Dabernig triumvirate and she and the seven-year-old gelding of Great Britain lines jumped at $31.

If $31 seems like a good haul, it was the fourth line for a race we last week described as Avilius ($1.65) and everything else, so we are capable of humility, along with big noting.

The prohibitive favourite finished fifth. Second went to Shillelagh ($18) and third belonged to Trap For Fools ($15).

WE have often observed races at Randwick that are fielded almost entirely by Chris Waller. He had just Shillelagh in the Australian Cup. The Hayes boys and Tom Dabernig had five runners in this race and a look at the starting prices almost seems as though the Starting Price calculator was stuck on $31, as four of the five they fielded had the identical price to the winner.

Those of us with a tendency to engage in melancholy and nostalgia could not help noticing Melbourne Cup winners Rekindling and Almandin at the back of the pack, but time is not kind to Thoroughbreds, is it?

Jamie Kah has been showing her back to those racing against her in South Australia for some time and hardly anyone questioned her ability to win anywhere. Doing it on a horse with odds nearly 19 times longer than the favourite in one of the most prestigious races on the calendar counts extra in our ledger.

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