South Australian three-year-old Dalasan will have his fourth rider in as many starts when Jamie Kah takes over the reins in the Australian Guineas .
Kah will have her first ride aboard the quirky Dalasan in Saturday’s Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington with Ben Melham, who rode the colt to fifth in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington, riding in Sydney.
Hugh Bowman rode Dalasan to win the Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington in November while Craig Williams has ridden him to two placings.
Adelaide’s premier jockey Raquel Clark, stable rider and former apprentice for trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, has had the most rides on the colt, winning four times.
Clark is out of action as she recovers from injuries suffered in a fall late last year.
In a bid to leave no stone unturned for the Australian Guineas, Kah travelled from Melbourne to ride Dalasan in trackwork at Morphettville on Tuesday.
She recommended Dalasan wear a tongue tie in Saturday’s race.
“He’s a bit of a tricky horse and Leon wanted me to come over and have a sit on him,” Kah said.
“He did want to lay in a bit, more he wants to lean in, so Leon wanted me to get a feel for that before the race.
“I also suggested that they put a tongue tie on him, because of his laying it plays around with his tongue and his breathing so hopefully it can only help.”
Kah said it was nice to team again with Macdonald and Gluyas having ridden for pair as an apprentice in Adelaide,.
Kah said she would contact Clark before Saturday’s race to see if she could add anything, but said having spent time aboard Dalasan on Tuesday morning left her with a good impression.
“He is a different sort of animal, but it was good to get to know him,” she said.