Jamie Kah has bolted away to a clear early lead in this year's Victorian Jockeys' Premiership. He has 34 winners which is seven clear of Damien Oliver on 27, followed by Damien Lane on 25. Kah is already a short-priced favourite for this year's Premiership at $1.80. Oliver and Craig Williams are next at $4.80. Kah sealed last season's Premiership with a brilliant display during the Melbourne spring carnival riding four winners on Cox Plate day and another three on Zipping Classic Day. Jamie, as well as a top class jockey, has a real passion for horses and for the past few years has found new homes for retired race horses and has successfully re-educated horses to become equestrian competitors. Avenues can be found for pony club, show jumping and the lovely quiet ones can be trained for the disabled and most times these beautiful animals quickly form a bond between horse and rider.
Jockeys will no longer be allowed to fly from Victoria to ride in Queensland. The decision will have huge effects for jockeys who planned to ride at the Gold Coast this weekend and if it still applies will throw the Magic Millions day into disarray.
It was jockey Bobby El-Lssa's day on Saturday. He had been chasing the rides on two horses. The Mark Currie-trained Soxagon and the Steele Ryan-trained Snow Valley. It was disappointing when he rang both trainers and was advised Glen Boss was riding Soxagon and Ryan Maloney was booked for Snow Valley. Then fate stepped in. Ryan Maloney could not make the weight and unfortunately Glen Boss suffered a head knock when a horse he was riding tried to dive under the starting stall gate. (Bossy is a tough Queenslander and will front up for Magic Millions day at the weekend) Bobby gave both horses a 10 out of 10 ride and saluted. A bit of a larrikan he heaped praise on trainers saying, "Jockeys get too much of a rap. The horses did all the work. I can't take too much credit. The trainers do all the hard work and we are just the pilots. It's true. If the horses are trained well enough and you get someone good enough to steer them and get the horse travelling you can get the result."
The quote was in all the papers. A smart little ad to remind owners and trainers he's available and it cost nothing. Manager potential?
Paddy was in his car driving back from work.
A Police Officer pulled him over and knocked on his window. Paddy said "One minute. I'm on the phone"