- Was involved in horror fall and feared spinal injuries
- Then faced an investigation over controversial photos
- Is looking to comeback again after a 10-race ban
Superstar jockey Jamie Kah is looking to put a year from hell behind her and has put her hand up to partner talented South Australian staying mare The Map in next month’s Adelaide Cup.
Kah was recently issued a ten-race suspension for careless riding, adding to the series of setbacks she’s experienced over the past year.
However, she made a triumphant return to horse racing at the end of 2023.
Kah’s suspension comes after a horror fall in April last year followed by an investigation into images appearing to show her with a white powder, which saw her exonerated of any wrongdoing.
During a race at Flemington in April, both Kah and Craig Williams, another leading Australian jockey, were thrown off their horses.
Aussie jockey Jamie Kah has endured a horror 12 months, including a fall, investigation and 10-race suspension
Kah was knocked unconscious after a fall involving Craig Williams and spent months coming back from the injuries sustained
Kah’s horse Flyball tripped over the heels of Veight, the ultimate winner, causing her to crash into the turf.
Both Kah and Williams were hospitalised. Williams suffered a broken clavicle, two fractured ribs, and a damaged finger.
Kah was knocked unconscious and had to be heavily sedated, but fortunately, she didn’t sustain any severe brain injuries or skull fractures.
She took a five-month hiatus from racing and made a spectacular comeback with a double-victory at the Victoria Derby during the Melbourne Cup carnival.
She rode More Felons in the Melbourne Cup and secured 12th place. She concluded the carnival with six victories, more than double any other jockey’s tally.
In 2022, Kah won her first Adelaide Cup on her home turf, riding Phillip Stokes’ Daqiansweet Junior.
This victory was a part of an impressive five-win streak that day. However, her fall at Flemington prevented her from defending her title the following year.
After her latest setback, Kah is looking to make a comeback in familiar territory in Adelaide
Kah is hoping to put the last 12 months behind her and build toward a big Spring Carnival
Kah has previously partnered with The Map, leading her to a commanding victory over 2800m at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.
She has reached out to trainers Dan Clarken and Oopy MacGillivray for a chance to ride in this year’s Group 2.
After an exceptional win at the Listed JRA Plate (2006m) at Morphettville over the weekend, The Map is now setting her sights on the Adelaide Cup, with the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes lined up next.
However, with Kah showing interest in participating in the grand finale, Clarken and MacGillivray are faced with a difficult decision considering Lachlan Neindorf is the current incumbent and was successful on Saturday.
‘Right at the moment Lachy has the sit in the Lord Reims, J Kah has put her hand up (for the Adelaide Cup),’ Clarken said.
‘We’ll let that unfold, Lachy has done nothing wrong, and he’s doing a lot of work at the farm and a lot of work at Murray Bridge so if we can throw him that way we will, but we’ll see what happens.’