Jamie Kah continued her remarkable rise to stardom, claiming her second Group 1 victory in just a week and 11th overall with a masterful ride on Southport Tycoon in the 2024 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

Southport Tycoon wins 2024 Australian Guineas

Southport Tycoon wins 2024 Australian Guineas on way to potential All-Star Mile run. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Only last weekend, Kah secured her 10th Group 1 win aboard Hayasugi in the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Today, she emulated Michael Dee’s achievement from last year by winning the Australian Guineas with Southport Tycoon, just seven days after her Blue Diamond triumph.

Ciaron Maher‘s Written Tycoon colt, largely overlooked in the pre-race hype, defied expectations and his place-getter status in lead-up races to claim his own top-level victory.

He becomes the first horse since Heart of Dreams (2009) to win the Australian Guineas after a lead-up run in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes having placed second in his lead-up.

“He was almost forgotten,” admitted Maher after the race. However, he expressed full confidence in Kah’s strategy and the horse’s potential.

Kah perfectly executed the plan, positioning Southport Tycoon strategically and seizing the lead 100 meters from the finish line after following Veight into the race.

Southport Tycoon ($19) dug deep, holding off the challenge of Veight ($4.80) to secure a surprising 1.25-length victory.

“Everything just worked out a dream out there today,” said a delighted Kah. While acknowledging the colt’s rawness, she commended his fighting spirit and potential for further improvement.

The pre-race favourite, Riff Rocket ($2.50), faced an unfortunate turn of events, getting caught behind the pack and ultimately settling for third place for the Waller stable.

This victory opens up exciting possibilities for Southport Tycoon.

He has earned a spot in the upcoming $3.65 million All-Star Mile at Caulfield, and Maher said he and connections will carefully consider his future options in the coming days.

This race marks a significant moment in Southport Tycoon’s career and further cements Jamie Kah’s position as one of the leading jockeys in Australia.

2024 Australian Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 SOUTHPORT TYCOON Ciaron Maher Ms Jamie Kah 4 57kg $19
2 2 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 1.25L 6 57kg $4.80
3 1 RIFF ROCKET Chris Waller Craig Williams 2.25L 9 57kg $2.50F
4 15 QUINTESSA (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 2.65L 8 55kg $21
5 10 VERDAD Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Jye McNeil 3.65L 3 57kg $18
6 14 HEY FAT CAT Robbie Laing Ethan Brown 3.75L 1 57kg $26
7 6 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Joshua Parr 3.95L 2 57kg $26
8 13 OTAGO (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ben Melham 4.25L 5 57kg $26
9 11 SNOW PATROL (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Blake Shinn 5L 7 57kg $13
10 3 KING COLORADO Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 5.4L 11 57kg $9
11 4 APULIA Ben, Will & JD Hayes Luke Currie 5.5L 14 57kg $61
12 5 ZIPAWAY Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 7.5L 10 57kg $21
13 8 RUN HARRY RUN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 7.6L 15 57kg $101
14 9 SUNSETS Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young John Allen 8.35L 12 57kg $61
15 7 THE PENDRAGON (NZ) Michael Moroney Jordan Childs 10.1L 13 57kg $31
16 16 VIESTE Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 15.6L 16 55kg $201
17e MAH ALI Benjamin Smith Fred Kersley 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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