Jamie Kah morphed into Wonder Woman at Eagle Farm as she 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.
VEGA ONE Burst through late to take out the G1 TAB Kingsford Smith Cup for @tonygollan who trains the quinella!
Awesome ride from you know who! @jamieleekah07pic.twitter.com/J8Z72Zo5cJ
Kah was set to fly home to Victoria on Sunday – which would almost certainly preclude her from returning for the Stradbroke in a fortnight given that Queensland has closed its borders to Victoria.
However in the afterglow of her latest Group 1 glory she left just the tiniest window of hope that she may stay on in the Sunshine State.
But for the moment she was celebrating the win and she revealed fellow riding star Glen Boss had provided some invaluable tips after riding Vega One at his two previous starts.
“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 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.
“This year has been unbelievable for me, I have been trying to stay in Melbourne as much as possible but this was a great opportunity.”
Vega One and Jamie Kah burst from nowhere to win the Kingsford-Smith Cup. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied
It was Gollan’s fifth Group 1 but it was extra special on his home ground at Eagle Farm and being the first Queensland Group 1 he had scored since Spirit Of Boom claimed the Doomben 10,000 in 2014.
It has been a remarkable training effort to get Vega One back to top-flight racing after he had an extended lay-off after hurting his suspensory last year.
“This horse had a major injury last year after the Stradbroke and had a long time off and it has been a long-range mission to get to this race and then into the Stradbroke with him,” Gollan said.
Vega One’s trainer Tony Gollan celebrates with Jamie Kah. Picture: Grant Peters/Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied
“I didn’t know where to look, I thought Jonker was going to hang on but then I saw Vega One behind a wall of horses and all of a sudden off he went.
“To run one-two in a Group 1 at home is fantastic.
“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.”
Vega One’s win saw him firm from $17 to $9 in the Stradbroke while Jonker trimmed from $51 to $17.
Group 1 winner Gytrash finished 12th in the Kingsford-Smith after being the victim of interference in the Eagle Farm straight.
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Glen Boss will have to launch an internal review bid so he is free to ride Queenslander The Harrovian in the Stradbroke Handicap after the star jockey was suspended at Eagle Farm.
The three-time Melbourne Cup winner copped an eight-day careless riding ban, which will start after Group 1 Queensland Oaks day next Saturday, after causing interference on pick-up ride Love Struck in race two.
Boss has deferred his ban to start after next Saturday and, as it stands, it means he would miss Stradbroke Day on June 12.
However under the Queensland system, it is short odds Boss will be able to ride on Stradbroke day if he launches an internal review bid and gets a stay of his suspension.
Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained The Harrovian is now a $9 chance in latest Stradbroke betting.
Meanwhile, Barend Vorster copped a 10-day suspension from stewards after he bowled over Gytrash while riding Savatoxl in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup.
Pleading guilty to careless riding, Vorster will start his suspension immediately to allow him to ride Savatoxl in the Stradbroke Handicap.
Taking into consideration his clean riding record, stewards opted not to apply a Group 1 loading to Vorster’s suspension.
“You’re usually the victim,” chief steward Peter Chadwick noted.
Originally published asKah rewrites record books with unbelievable ride
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