Premier jockey Jamie Kah will resume her assault on the single-season Melbourne record 100 winners on Saturday at Flemington.
Kah was in Adelaide last Saturday, hunting Group targets, and will head to Brisbane next week to ride Stradbroke Handicap favourite Ayrton in the Fred Best Classic.
The 25-year-old, who has 86 Melbourne winners in the bag already, has eight rides at headquarters on the National Jockeys Trust Race Day, including Streetcar Stranger in the Listed Straight Six.
With Damian Lane (55) riding in Brisbane on Saturday, champion jockey Damien Oliver, third in premiership standings on 45 winners, has an opportunity bridge the gap to second.
Apprentice Will Price (40) can also extend his lead on Mark Zahra (38), with the latter serving a careless riding suspension.
Kah’s strong book includes five favourites.
A fortnight ago at Caulfield, the 25-year-old became the second Australian woman – first in Victoria – to ride five city winners in a day.
Jamie Kah bagged five winners at Caulfield two weeks ago. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Her five-timer included a win aboard Streetcar Stranger, who Kah was thrilled to ride for South Australian trainer and former mentor David Jolly.
Kah often rode for Jolly as a self-described “messy” apprentice to SA horseman John Macmillan.
“I did read the comments where she said she was glad to receive a ride from me because I used to put her on when she called herself ‘messy’,” Jolly said.
“I‘m not sure she was ever messy, I think she’s playing that one down.
“She‘s always been a great rider, certainly if it’s a thrill for her to be on one of mine, it’s (just as big) a thrill having her riding for us.”
Jamie Kah’s Flemington book:
R1 No.6: Sweet Sixteen $5.50
R3 No.2: Linas Legend $3.40f
R4 No.2: Heart Of Puissance $2.30f
R5 No.5: Deep Dive $5.50
R6 No.3: River Twain $4f
R7 No.4: Horrifying $4f
R8 No.7: Streetcar Stranger $5
R9 No.12: Zachaz $4.20f
Straight shooter: Eden’s bold vision for Ocular
For trainer Shea Eden the worst thing about Ocular’s rampaging Warrnambool win last start was what might’ve been otherwise.
After missing out on running in the Listed Wangoom Handicap, as the first emergency, the progressive sprinter throttled his opposition in a benchmark 78 the next day.
The performance only compounded Eden’s regret about Ocular’s unlucky second at Cranbourne, his home track, the start before.
A win there would have got Ocular into the Wangoom and from there, should Eden’s hunch be on the mark, the Listed Straight Six contender could instead be preparing for a trip to Queensland.
But Eden hopes to set the record straight at Flemington on Saturday.
“In all seriousness, if I got a run in the Wangoom he would’ve really given it a shake,” Eden said.
“I couldn’t be happier with how he‘s prepared for Saturday, I honestly think if he does handle the straight and doesn’t get lost, like he did last time, he’ll take a fair bit of beating.”
Ocular winning in good style at Warrnambool during the May carnival. Picture: Vince Caligiuri/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Despite first and second in the Straight Six qualifying for the Listed All Victorian Sprint on Finals Day (July 3), Eden must seriously consider spring plans, should $200,000-earner Ocular perform as expected.
Ocular has raced at Flemington twice, running fourth down the straight and second over 1400m.
“If he runs well down the straight it opens up a lot of options,” Eden said.
“I’m not prepared to write him off after his first start there, I’m really looking forward to seeing him handle it on Saturday.
“We have to think about timing and how long we keep him in, this time of year … I hope he‘s a horse that could measure up to better races than Saturday.
“If that’s the case we need to work out the time frame of when he goes out (spell) and comes back.”
Ocular has been backed from $8 to $6 with TAB for the Straight Six.
Originally published asKah poised for another bag of city winners
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