Lightning Stakes Day didn’t disappoint with Jamie Kah’s ride on the resurgent Nature Strip the talk of the town. Here’s MICK SHARKIE’s wrap in the Saturday Hangover.


The Jamie Kah show rolled on at Flemington where Australia’s in-form jockey landed another metro treble, but it was her new union on superstar speedster Nature Strip that had punters frothing.

In racing speak, Kah is renowned for getting horses to “run for her”, she’s got a gift and that gift brings the best out of gifted horses like the freaky Nature Strip who was back to his best in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes.

COVID restrictions meant that Kah’s parents couldn’t be there to watch the win in person and it had Victoria’s leading jock a little emotional after the race.

“What a horse, unbelievable,” said Kah.

Australian racing is better when Nature Strip is flying and he was at his best on Saturday, his earnings now tip over $6.3million… I know some owners that might be good for a loan.


As Victoria entered a state-wide lock down a 2YO became an omen bet and a leading Golden Slipper chance – Stay Inside is his name and James McDonald reckons he can give the big names a fright.

“I just want to ride him again,” said McDonald after the race.

“He’s up there with the best (two-year-olds) I’ve ridden.”

Stay Inside was cut to a $9 third favourite after the stunning Pierro Stakes win and now looms as a big threat to favourites Enthaar and Profiteer. A mouth-watering Slipper looms – start counting down the days punters!


There were plans for Chinese takeaway and bubbles down Mornington way on Saturday night after rare winner I’m Tellin’ Ya delivered at Flemington for husband and wife training combo Amy and Ash Yargi.

“Did I back him? Mate, I’d be broke and living in my car if I was backing him – we call him I’m Teasin’ Ya!” said Amy Yargi.

“I can’t believe he’s won, he’s gone and choked me up and made my eyes leak, I bloody love him.”

I’m Tellin’ Ya – who weighs in at a massive 600kg – crushed punter’s hopes when he nabbed well-backed fave Zakat over the last 50m, bringing up his first win in nearly 12 months. The turnaround in form was thanks to a recent trip away and a “working holiday” approach from his trainers.

“He’s basically been here in the same workplace for six years so we sent him up to Sydney for a couple of runs, when he came back we just went real easy on him – he hasn’t galloped since his last run, he was super fresh,” said Yargi.

“And what about the Turk (husband Ash) – he’s all emotional on the phone to me and then they put a camera on him and he’s Mr Serious.”

Come on Ash – crack a smile champ!


While we’re on a good thing let’s stick with the Yargi Team who have had three winners this week with their last three runners. They have COMTE (Colac R8) going round on Sunday and I reckon there’s a little confidence in the camp…