There has been one female rider getting plenty of praise in the press lately.
That jockey is Jamie Kah who, even though the racing season is barely halfway through, looks certain to create history by winning the Melbourne jockey’s premiership. And with the frequency Rachel King has been bagging them in Sydney of late, one can’t help but think she looks set to follow in Kah’s footsteps and complete the same feat in Sydney before too long.
Both King and Kah are exceptional riders with bright personalities who seem reasonably comfortable in front of the camera or dealing with the press. Perhaps because Kah has bagged a few bigger scalps of late, none more so than the G1 on problem child Nature Strip last week, she appears to be the focal point for women in racing for the minute.
With some big feature meetings coming up in Sydney and the form King is riding in, I’m predicting the tide may be about to shift. Another four winners on Saturday, along with Kah, there are no better riders in the country at the minute.
With just a few weeks to go before Melbourne wrap up there Autumn carnival, it won’t be too long before we see the pair riding head to head here. Hard to say at this point who would come out on top, but I can say with great certainty, they are the riders to follow over the months ahead.
Emanante (Syd Race 8)
Starting to build a handy record this well bred Darley mare (Lonhro/Guelph). Imagine her next port of call is to add some black type to it. “Ringading-ding, four for Rachel King” was some of Darren Flindell’s best work there Saturday. She rode her a peach and absolutely spaced them. The Wenona Girl looks a nice target for the pair to team up again in, in a fortnight.
Aegon (Syd Race 7)
Much like the Karaka Millions race, he looked to be in an awkward spot at times in the straight. But when he sprints, he sprints very quickly and had nearly 2L on them on the line. He looked a lock, given his pedigree, to add to Murray Baker’s trophy cabinet full of our 3yo Classics but they certainly indicated nothing was set on stone. No matter where he heads, he’s going to be real hard to beat.
Probabeel (Melb Race 6)
Excellent first up beating up the girls and whilst she is one of my favourites, I was wary taking on this field. Great to see the two mares go neck a neck down the running with the Kiwi getting the decision this time over the ‘Sandgroper’ first up. On top of voting for the All Star mile, you imagine that is a race in two. But it’s going to be a good one.
The Lord Mayor (Syd Race 6)
Solid on pace effort from a stayer resuming. Was hoping he could get past Sacramento late and throw some value into my quaddie but he peaked about 100m out with a pair who’ve had plenty of match practice finishing in front of him. A nice record out to a mile and a half, he’ll chip away at these kind of events between now and the Sydney Cup and has to be a good chance of bagging one along the way going off Saturday’s effort.
Prime Star (Syd Race 7)
Wanted to throw him in my numbers on the back of his first up run behind Rocketing By but I just couldn’t have him beating a couple of these from a bad draw even after a few also rans came out race morning. Did a little bit early to get there, sitting up-side of Peltzer at a good clip and thought I was safe when they turned for home especially with what Aegon had in front of him. Gave plenty of cheek right to line, a bold effort just to hold down third. Include him in everything next time around if he gets even circumstances and be very wary of Rocketing By going forward. He’s obviously well in the mix with this lot of 3yo’s.
Handle the Truth (Syd Race 9)
First up into this with no trial and made a sustained run from the 600m. Was entitled to get the blows late but was still finding over the final stages. Remarkably never won at 1100m, is a Kozzy winner at 1200m, but did bag the 1000m feature sprint on Black Opal day last year. He looks primed for that on the back of Saturday’s effort before having a crack at some of the black type sprint races on offer throughout the Sydney Autumn.
Dadoozdart (Syd Race 6)
Thought the change of direction might have triggered him somewhat in this when I was looking for a horse with race fitness on his side who was taking on mostly veteran stayers resuming. Offered little and has been disappointing his last two preps now after showing promise early.
Herengawe (Syd Race 6)
Same applies here. Wasn’t thrilled with the negative tactics, particularly for a horse with two runs under its belt but was never in the hunt and won’t find too many races as winnable as this for Saturday money in the weeks ahead.
Ole Kirk (Melb Race 6)
A pass mark, maybe a shade better first up but he was disappointing Saturday and with the win of Aegon plus the Melbourne 3yo’s to come, he is fast losing what seemed a stranglehold on the Randwick Guineas and might struggle to win even a race this prep.