Group 1 trainer Mick Price gives a unique insight into what makes star jockey Jamie Kah tick

She’s the queen of Australian racing but don’t expect to see her in a dazzling tiara.

She could wallow in the trappings of her new-found fame but one close observer says don’t expect to see Jamie Kah whizzing around town in a flash new car or showing off a new trendy haircut.

“A lot of young riders have fast cars and groovy haircuts, she doesn’t care about that,” trainer Mick Price told The Courier Mail, as Kah prepares to ride Price’s Stradbroke Handicap favourite Ayrton at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

“She is an absolute horse girl.

“I think in general if you had to sum her up, she rides her horse first and the race second.

“She just simply loves her horses, she has got a property down on the (Mornington) Peninsula with her partner Clayton Douglas and that’s what she is all about.

“She has just rehomed Dollar For Dollar (Tony McEvoy’s two-time Group 1 runner-up), she is going to love that horse and she is going to ride it with pleasure.

“She lives in her own world a little bit, which is good, a lot of successful people walk to the beat of their own drum.”

Jamie Kah rides one of her horses at her Mornington property. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia

Kah is rewriting racing’s record books, a tearaway leader in the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership and on the hunt to raise her bat for 100 wins for the season.

The five-time Group 1 winner jetted early to Brisbane this week to beat Victoria’s COVID lockdown and ensure she is on hand to ride boom horse Ayrton in Saturday’s Fred Best Classic, which offers the winner a golden ticket into the Stradbroke a fortnight later.

Kah also has two chances to add to her Group 1 haul on Saturday when she rides Vega One for Queenslander Tony Gollan in the Kingsford-Smith Cup and Horrifying for Mark Kavanagh in the Queensland Derby.

The Courier Mail can reveal it is likely to be the only time Kah is seen in Queensland during the winter carnival.

Racing news – Jamie Kah almost certainly won't be seen in Brisbane on Stradbroke day or for rest of winter carnival post-Saturday. She is booked to fly back to Melb on Sun after riding Ayrton etc at Eagle Farm on Sat. With Qld slamming borders shut to Vic, unlikely to be back.

She is flying back to Melbourne on Sunday and would appear unlikely to be able to return for Stradbroke day in a fortnight, given Queensland has now slammed its border shut to COVID-troubled Victoria.

Price, who co-trains with Michael Kent Jr, will use lightweight rider Rachel King should Ayrton qualify for the Stradbroke.

He said it is no surprise he is using female riders on his unbeaten galloper.

“I can tell you now, the girls are taking over,” Price said.

“Perhaps at the moment, in the riding ranks, the proportions of female jockeys don’t say that but I can tell you in current intakes of apprentices, the girls outnumber the boys.

“I think the boys want to pull their socks up because the days of owners having a bit of a misconception about female jockeys, I think that is fading out pretty quick.”

Jamie Kah will be aiming to qualify Ayrton for the Stradbroke Handicap. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The astute Price, a deep thinker on racing, believes it is Kah’s equestrian background which has helped shape her as the queen of Australia’s riding ranks.

Kah, the daughter of Winter Olympic speed skaters John and Karen, was raised in the Adelaide Hills and has an equestrian background, which Price insists is an underrated component of what makes her the total package as a star jockey.

Price, who has two daughters who have competed in equestrian, has given his take on why he thinks Kah has enjoyed such glittering success and become the punters’ pal.

“She’s a different type of rider, she comes from an equestrian background and she’s not affected by the normal school that these (jockey) apprentices go to,” Price said.

“She is a 100 per cent an equestrian girl who loves her horses, those equestrian girls are different in the way they ride.

“Their core, and their balance, is more centred and they have a better seat on a horse.

“A lot of young jockeys who haven’t got an equestrian background tend to want to hang on to their horse’s mouth a bit, there is more pressure on the horse’s mouth for balance.

Jamie Kah with partner Clayton Douglas and their dog Bubbles. Picture: Jake NowakowskiSource:News Corp Australia

Kah with her parents John and Karen. Picture: Alex CoppelSource:News Corp Australia

“Those equestrian kids, and I employ a few of them, I spent 17 years in the equestrian world with my daughters, and I notice the absolute respect they have for their horse.

“I wish a bigger part of apprentice school was equestrian work.

“Some of those equestrian kids are even taught to ride bareback … they are taught about balance and core and that’s how Jamie conducts herself on a horse.”

As for Kah, she admits the rush to Brisbane on Wednesday night, jetting to the Sunshine State early like other Victorian riders to beat the Victorian COVID lockdown announced on Thursday, was stressful.

She also knows it will be an odd feeling on Saturday should Ayrton justify his $1.55 favouritism in the Fred Best, knowing she will hand the reins to King in the Stradbroke.

“Rachel is a great choice for him because she suits him so well, but Mick has assured me I‘ll be able to get back on him in the spring,” Kah said.

Originally published asJamie Kah: The “horsey girl” who shuns fast cars and groovy haircuts

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