Credit Holly Osborne Photography/The Victorian Wakeful Club.
As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations on Monday, March 8, the Victorian Wakeful Club honoured leading jockey Jamie Kah as the 2021 Lady of Racing. The Mornington Peninsula’s resident superstar jockey has taken the Melbourne Metropolitan Jockey premiership by storm and firmly cemented her place as one of Australia’s leading jockeys. Given this, Jamie was the indisputable choice for the prestigious accolade. At the time of printing, Jamie had ridden 72 winners, which is more than former champion jockeys Damien Oliver (42) and Craig Williams (29) combined.
Marcia Hill and Marie McCullagh, of the Victorian Wakeful Club, established the Lady of Racing Award in 1994. Since then it has recognised women from all areas of the industry, including Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne; the first chairwoman of the Victoria Racing Club, Amanda Elliott; and the principal of Yallambee Stud, Christine Woodard.
“To be named the Lady of Racing is amazing as there are so many amazing females out there doing so much for the racing industry, and to be recognised as one of them is very special,” Jamie said. “I am very humbled to get awarded it.”
Originally from Adelaide, Jamie lives outside Somerville with her fiancé, Clayton Douglas, who’s a jockey and trainer. The Douglas family have been involved in horseracing on the Peninsula for several generations, and Jamie and Clayton have built their Bradlee Park property together to train racehorses.
The Victorian Wakeful Club typically marks International Women’s Day with a gala awards lunch, and over the past three years it has partnered with Racing Victoria to hold the event. With COVID-19 restrictions this year, the club held a more intimate event with members at Living Legends to applaud the many wonderful women in the thoroughbred and breeding industries. Restrictions permitting, Jamie will be officially honoured by the club at a more formal event later in the year.
Club president Caitrin Kelly said: “As we looked to choose the recipient of the 2021 Lady of Racing Award, there was very little discussion or debate required as Jamie has had an incredibly successful year on the track and was the standout choice. The success she has achieved in her short time riding in Melbourne is phenomenal, and Jamie is an inspiration to young up-and-coming female jockeys.”
Keep your eyes on this leading local lady – she’s set for even more greatness.