Jamie Kah’s incredible Spring form continued at Flemington on Saturday with a win aboard the McEvoy-trained Victoria Quay in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
Kah timed her run to perfection among a quality field of fillies targeting next Thursday’s $1 million Kennedy Oaks (2500m), reeling in race-favourite Personal and Tyche Goddess over the final 100m to claim just her second Melbourne Cup Carnival win.
Kah was one of the stars on Cox Plate day last weekend riding five winners home and continues to show why she is considered one of Australia’s most talented young jockeys.
Victoria Quay was installed as a $7.50 chance in Saturday’s field after making the trip up from Adelaide only two days ago following a last start second in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville.
The daughter of Dundeel isn’t known for her turn of foot, but Kah said she was pleased with the way she found the line in her Melbourne debut.
“I didn’t want to wait to long because I thought he might have the turn of foot that I don’t, she did hit a flat spot, but she was strong late and found the line beautifully for further as well,” Kah told racing.com.
The Wakeful is often used as the lead up race to the Kennedy Oaks the following week, but it appears the McEvoy team have a different plan in mind.
Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy said on Saturday that the pair plan to target the South Australian Oaks next year and are likely to head back to the paddock.
“She’s just always been a little bit backward, probably more mentally. We knew she had a bit of a motor, so we decided to really target the South Australian Oaks next year” McEvoy said after the run.
“We’ll see how she goes, we had a thought that if she really pulls through we’ll maybe freshen her up for the Sandown Guineas. But I think we go back home and let her get over this and let her head to the Oaks.”
The decision leaves a few question marks surrounding who might be heading to the Oaks with the Mark Newnham-trained Miravalle being the only real eye-catcher to come out of the race.
The daughter of Redoute’s Choice did plenty of work late to find the line for fourth and has since firmed from $12 into $6.00 in Ladbrokes’ All-In market.
Personal lost no admirers sticking on for second and remains a steady $7.00 chance.
Tyche Goddess, who raced on speed the whole way for third, has firmed from $101 into a whopping $19.00.
Ladbrokes’ complete Kennedy Oaks market can be viewed here.