The Victorian Wakeful Club honours leading jockey Jamie Kah as the 2021 Lady of Racing as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations. Having taken the Melbourne Metropolitan Jockey’s premiership by storm and firmly cementing her place as one of the country’s leading jockeys, Kah was the indisputable choice for the prestigious accolade. So far this season Kah has ridden 72 winners, which is more than former 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 recognised women from all areas of the industry, including the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, Amanda Elliott, Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Michelle Payne, and Principal of Yallambee Stud, Christine Woodard to name a few. “To be named the Lady of Racing is amazing as there are so many amazing females out there doing so much for the racing industry and to be recognised as one of them is very special. I am very humbled to get awarded it” Kah said about receiving the honour.
President of the Victorian Wakeful Club, Caitrin Kelly added “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 usually marks International Women’s Day with a gala Awards Luncheon and has partnered with Racing Victoria over the past 3 years to stage this event. Due to Covid restrictions, this year will see the Victorian Wakeful Club hold a more intimate Lunch event with Members at Living Legends to celebrate all that is great about women in the thoroughbred and breeding industry on International Women’s Day.
Restrictions allowing, Jamie Kah will be formally honoured by the Club at the Lady of Racing Award Luncheon on Saturday 31st July 2021 at Moonee Valley Races.