Jamie Kah became the most successful female jockey in Australian racing history when she claimed the Kingsford Smith Cup (BTC Cup) aboard Vega One at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The honour came after weaving through the big field in the home straight to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but the courageous ride came with plenty of prior planning with thanks to another Group 1-winning jockey.
Kah revealed post-race that Glen Boss had come to her earlier in the week to give her a bit of advice for her ride aboard the Tony Gollan-trained Vega One. Boss suggested that she needed to get the horse held up in traffic, because if he gets exposed early, he tends to overthink his way out of a victory.
Whilst plenty of plaudits will go Kah’s way, Gollan will be quite the happy trainer having secured his first Group 1 win in Queensland since Spirit Of Boom took out the Doomben 10,000 back in 2014. Not only did Gollan train the winner, he managed to snare the quinella with Jonker finishing second after leading the field up.
With travel restrictions in place for Victoria amid the latest COVID outbreak, Kah will look to spend the next fortnight in the Sunshine State with rides in the Queensland Oaks and the Stradbroke Handicap coming up.
Vega One has firmed from $17 to $9 in the Stradbroke Handicap betting markets with online bookmakers, while his stablemate Jonker has plunged from $51 to $17 for the Group 1 feature at Eagle Farm on June 12.