Jamie Kah has a special gift

It was fitting that Jamie Kah should become the first Melbourne jockey rider to top 100 wins in a season aboard a Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained runner.

The McEvoy’s provided Kah with the milestone win with Deep Speed at Caulfield on Saturday.

Kah and the McEvoy’s were a lethal combination in Adelaide before the jockey moved to Melbourne in early 2019, and while she does not ride for them as much these days, they still have a good strike-rate.

Calvin McEvoy was in charge of the stable in Adelaide before joining his father in a training partnership and moving to Ballarat earlier this year.

He had a close working relationship Kah and could see something different in her, but what that is, he cannot definitively say.

“There is something that you notice as a horse trainer,” McEvoy said.

“Every morning I go out and watch my horses work and I watch our riders on our horses.

“One thing that always happened with her, a horse that might be a bit hot, or buzzy, she would get on them and get them to relax.

“I can’t explain why and I don’t think anyone can.

“I just think she had the right temperament for them, the right feel and I don’t think she would overthink things, she would let it happen.”

McEvoy said one thing he did notice when putting Kah on their horses in a race was how they jumped from barriers and travelled in a race.

“If a horse sat back three-quarters of the way down the field, you put her on, they would sit a pair closer,” McEvoy said.

“They jumped cleaner from the gates and travelled nicer.

“We thought we were going good, but maybe she was the reason.

“She’s got a gift.”

Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au

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