Jamie Kah Jockey Of The Month February 2017
Jockey Of The Month - Jamie Kah
Just to show that there truly is thoroughbred racing outside of Victoria and New South Wales, we look to South Australia for our February Jockey of the month.
It is there that we find our choice for this month in the person of Ms. Jamie Kah. We briefly considered Emily Finnegan, due to her having a 24.7 percent strike rate, but at this writing, she has about half as many rides as Kah and her 16.2 percent strike rate is fifth on the list of the top 20 South Australian riders and aside from Finnegan, only Clare Lindop has over 100 rides for the season.
Here is the rundown on Jamie Kah.
She heads the list for wins with 27, one ahead of Matthew Poon. Poon has had almost as many starts as Kah, with 163, but he trails Kah in the all-important category of prize money by almost $100,000, so Kah’s case is one of quantity and quality.
Looking back at her last 50 rides, the majority of which were taken at Morphettville Racecourse, we could not help but be impressed by her consistency, which is highlighted by the fact that during those 50 rides, her biggest payday was $39,200. For her to amass almost $1 million in winnings since the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing season, she obviously claims money almost every time she sits in the saddle.
That consistency is further revealed by looking at her status for the entire country, where she is currently ranked at number 12. Since taking her first ride aboard Alannan Lad in 2012, she has rewarded her employers with over $9 million in prize money.
Her best result, in terms of prestige, has been a Group 3 win. She is closing in on 3,000 starts in her brief career and at the age of 21, she already has 435 victories, with 147 of those wins coming on the Metro tracks all across the country.
Kah has yet to taste Group 1 success, having only gotten up three times thus far, but she is viewed favourably enough by trainers and their connections to have taken a ride in the Group 1 Goodwind at Morphettville in 2014, a race that attracts upper echelon horses, such as last year’s winner, Black Hart Bart, 2012 winner Black Caviar and 2009’s Takeover Target.
It is only a matter of time until we see Jamie Kah as a regular fixture at all the big Metro tracks, not just Morphettville and her unquestioned work ethic and skill bodes well for a successful future for as long as she desires.
Congratulations to our February Jockey of the month, Jamie Kah.