Jamie Kah (Image: Racing Photos)

Kah named the 2021 Lady of Racing

Jamie Kah has been named the Victorian Wakeful Club’s Lady of Racing for 2021 after enjoying an outstanding season in the saddle.

Having taken the Victorian Metropolitan Jockeys’ Premiership by storm, and firmly cemented her place as one of the country’s leading jockeys, Kah was the unanimous choice to receive the prestigious award which recognises the achievements of female members of the racing and breeding industries. 

So far this season Kah has ridden 72 city winners, which is one more than champion jockeys Damien Oliver (42) and Craig Williams (29) combined.

Established in 1994 by Marcia Hill and Marie McCullagh of The Victorian Wakeful Club, the Lady of Racing Award has been won by the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, Amanda Elliott, and Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne to name a few.

“I am very humbled to receive this awarded,” said Kah. 

“To be named the Lady of Racing is an honour, as there are so many amazing females out there doing so much for the racing industry so to be recognised as one of them is very special.” 

President of the Victorian Wakeful Club, 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 Kah has had an incredibly successful year on the track, and was the standout choice for receiving the 27th Lady of Racing Award. 

“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.”

The Victorian Wakeful Club, which has partnered with Racing Victoria to stage the event for the past three years, usually marks International Women’s Day with a gala awards luncheon.

However, due to COVID restrictions this year sees the Victorian Wakeful Club hold a more intimate lunch event with its members at Living Legends to celebrate the role of women in the thoroughbred and breeding industries.

Kah has riding engagements at Morphettville, including partnering Starcaster in the TAB Adelaide Cup. Restrictions allowing, she will be officially honoured by the club at a more formal event later in the year.