Jamie Kah bags British racing

Steve Bennett Steve Bennett

In a recent interview, Australian jockey Jamie Kah labelled the British racing industry as “backwards” when it comes to the opportunities (or lack thereof) it offers the female jockeys.
London’s newspaper The Guardian has quoted Kah as saying that the mooted idea that female riders in Britain be given a weight allowance was ‘’absolutely ridiculous’’.
Kah went on, without holding back, with her opinion of how the British industry works, in comparison to Australia.

‘’I’ve come from Australia, where the trainers have come around to females many years ago, so we’ve all been given a really fair shout,’’ Kah said. 

 “It’s as fair as it’s ever been. 

 “If you’re good, if you put in the time and work, you’ll get rides. 

 “Here, it’s very different. They’re very backward, I reckon, with the times. 

 “They’re not as accepting of female riders and there are some brilliant riders here. 

 “I’ve watched Hayley [Turner] and I think she rides as good as any of the boys here.  

“I can’t get over how backwards it is. If you ask females back home, they’ll all blow up about the idea of getting a three-kilo allowance.  

“But maybe something does need to happen here. Watching these riders, there’s nothing separating them in my opinion, besides opportunities.”

Mark Zahra  (PA Images)
Fellow Aussie rider Mark Zahra is in England as well to ride for the Rest Of The World team in the Shergar Cup supported Kah’s comments.
“The way Jamie’s riding in Australia at the moment, I don’t want to be giving her any weight” he said.
“On Saturday at Moonee Valley, women won five on an eight-race card.
“They’re going quite well and I would say at the moment they’re doing well enough without it.”
Linda Meech and Adelaide rider Raquel Clark also finished in the top six of the National Jockey’s Premiership which is an achievement that may not been in England in the near future with only two female riders featuring in the top 50 (flat race) riders and neither of them appeared in the top ten.