Michelle Payne says the confidence Jamie Kah has built dominating Melbourne racing this season will take her a long way on the first day of The Championships in Sydney.
Kah has four rides at Randwick, including a “live chance” in the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) aboard Godolphin galloper Cascadian.
Payne, the only female jockey to win a Group 1 at the Randwick carnival, has backed Kah to shine under the “spotlight”.
“I feel like Jamie is probably more in the spotlight than I was back then,” the 2010 Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Payne said.
“I was on a long shot (Yosei) and a little bit under the radar, not taken so much notice of as Jamie.
“She’s leading the premiership down here … so there’s a bit more pressure on her.
“She’s a really cool customer, she’s really full of confidence, she’s come through dominating in Adelaide so many years and now she’s doing the same in Victoria … she’d be feeling really good.”
Michelle Payne returning to scale on Yosei after winning the 2010 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
Kah has kept a low profile this week ahead of her first riding mission in Sydney since 2019, but Payne warned against looking too much into the star jockey’s avoidance of any extra publicity.
“Her not doing media is a sign of her focusing on her job,” Payne said.
“She’s riding 53kg (in the Doncaster) so she’s wanting to be focused on making sure she’s in the best shape she can be for the race as well.
“She’s the ultimate professional, it’s not her not wanting to do it.
“Good on her for taking a stand, making sure she does the best she can do with her job and I’m sure she’ll do what she can away from that.”
Payne will be trackside on Saturday as part of the Channel 7 broadcast team.
Kah’s ability to adapt to the style of racing in Sydney will be central to her success.
Her first ride is not until race six, the Group 1 Sires’ Produce aboard Queen Of Wizardry, a TAB $41 chance.
“It's a bit different, coming from Melbourne and having ridden ‘Melbourne way’ your whole life,” Payne said.
“Going Sydney way out of the blue, it's not as easy off the cuff, but she’s a real professional and obviously a brilliant rider, she’ll have no problem.”
Jamie Kah’s rides on day one of The Championships:
QUEEN OF WIZARDRY – Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes
TOSCANINI – Group 1 Australian Derby
CASCADIAN – Group 1 Doncaster Mile
MACROURA – Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes
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Originally published asKah won’t be daunted by Sydney spotlight: Payne
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