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Offline Gintara

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O.P. « 2021-May-09, 05:42 PM »
Big week for Kah & Douglas

Kate Watts@katewatts_



In-form jockeys and fiancés Jamie Kah and Clayton Douglas have had a week they won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Kah extended her Melbourne premiership lead with a formidable five winners at Caulfield on Saturday, just days after Douglas won the iconic Grand Annual Steeplechase for the second time.

“It’s exciting,” Kah said after her five-timer. “Awesome day and awesome week for the family with Clayton having a great day on Thursday. We’ll have some celebrations.”

Clayton Douglas celebrates Grand Annual win (Image: sourced Instagram)

The pair, who also run Bradlee Park Racing a pre-training, agistment and breaking property in Somerville, continued celebrations long into the weekend, but in true racing style work was still involved as they headed to the beach on Sunday morning.

Douglas along with 11 year-old veteran Gold Medals secured another Grand Annual crown after also taking out the grueling 5500m race previously in 2018.

Speaking moments after one of the biggest wins in his career, Douglas shifted the attention to the horse.

"He's just an unbelievable horse, this horse," he said.

"I've never ridden in the Annual without him.  He's an incredible horse, a massive effort by the team to get him to back up.

Kah currently sits on 86 Melbourne metro victories, 31 ahead of her closest rival in Damian Lane.

But the leading jockey won’t be drawn on the assumption that she already has the premiership all wrapped up.

“I’m really happy with my season so far but anything can happen, I could get suspended again or injured, so until I might be lucky enough to win the premiership for the first time at the end of the season I won’t for one second think that I have.

“Clayton and I are really lucky to have each other and great support from our family and friends so we’re just happy to continue on how we’ve been going and hopefully keep getting a winner or two.”

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« 2021-May-09, 09:50 PM Reply #1 »
Rides 5 from 6 yesterday, murphy's law she manages to put my best bet in Horrifying 3 deep from barrier 5  :sad:

Then tells stewards the horse raced flat, well he did cover plenty of extra distance with the top weight  :shutup:


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« 2021-Aug-27, 07:33 AM Reply #2 »
Kah, jockeys stood down over Airbnb Covid breach
Jamie Kah returns to the mounting yard after winning the BECK Probuild Quezette Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on August 14, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)
Jamie Kah returns to the mounting yard after winning the BECK Probuild Quezette Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on August 14, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)
By Gilbert Gardiner
09:16pm • 26 August 2021
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The state’s premier jockey Jamie Kah is among four riders sensationally stood down by Racing Victoria late on Thursday night in relation to a rogue Mornington house party on Wednesday night.

Group 1 star Ben Melham, Ethan Brown and talented apprentice Celine Gaudray, along with Kah, cannot ride for the next 14 days after attending the Airbnb past the 9pm greater Melbourne curfew.

The jockeys, who defied the State Government “stay at home directions”, were at the short-stay rental with two other non-licensed people.

Stewards have launched an inquiry into the alleged illegal gathering, which was in breach of not only current racing regulations, but also and more importantly the State Government orders.

RV chief medical officer Gary Zimmerman rubber-stamped the 14-day stand down on Thursday night, which results in Kah and Melham losing the rides on Group 1 Memsie Stakes favourite Behemoth and Beau Rossa respectively.

Kah was also due to ride boom galloper Ayrton in the last race at Caulfield on Saturday.

RV chief executive Giles Thompson slammed the quartet’s behaviour.

“The alleged behaviour of these four jockeys is a slap in the face to every member of the racing industry that has worked incredibly hard to protect the sport and the community while continuing to race since Covid restrictions were first introduced in March 2020,” Thompson said.

“These individuals could have put at risk the very continuance of our sport and also blatantly disregarded the broader community implications through their selfish and thoughtless actions.

“The stewards have elected to lay significant charges against these individuals, which is appropriate given the potential impact their actions could have had on community safety, the livelihoods of the 25,000 Victorian jobs supported by racing and the welfare of the horses who rely on the daily care and exercise the industry provides.

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Ben Melham misses the ride on Beau Rossa in the Memsie Stakes this weekend.

“To see all of that potentially thrown away by the reckless behaviour of a small few is incredibly disappointing and far from what is expected of our industry participants.

“While these actions do not reflect the majority, I want to make it extremely clear to all industry participants of the critical need to abide all industry and Government directives, especially as we enter the Spring Racing Carnival period.

“Thank you to those that continue to do the right thing by the industry at all times and I hope this serves as a firm reminder of how fortunate we are to continue racing and the importance of adhering to the protocols.”

The jockeys will be stood down at least until September 9.

Stewards adjourned the inquiry to 9.30am Friday.

Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula said: “These allegations are beyond disappointing – they’re actually mind-boggling.

“We all need to do our bit to get infections down so that we can open businesses and schools and get crowds back to events – including the spring carnival – and industry participants should be setting an example. To think that some would, instead, put all of that at risk is just infuriating.”

Private gatherings for persons otherwise living with one another are prohibited in Victoria.

Kah’s manager James Henderson was contacted for comment on Thursday night.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/jockeys-jamie-kah-ben-melham-ethan-brown-and-celine-gaudray-stood-down-after-being-caught-in-covid-breach-20210826

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« 2021-Aug-27, 01:56 PM Reply #3 »
Jamie Kah is now out for 3 months and will miss the entire spring as a result. Big mistake as she had a chance to go to another level with the big races this spring with no Sydney jockeys involved.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/jockeys-jamie-kah-ben-melham-ethan-brown-and-celine-gaudray-stood-down-after-being-caught-in-covid-breach-20210826

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« 2021-Aug-27, 04:54 PM Reply #4 »
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« 2021-Aug-27, 06:52 PM Reply #5 »




IS RVL OFFERING GROUNDS FOR APPEAL?

RVL CEO SAYS 3-MONTHS WAS 'A SURPRISE AND MORE THAN HE IMAGINED' +  'A BIG PENALTY, PROBABLY EVEN AN APPROPRIATE ONE'

One can only wonder about RVL .......... it;s assessment of the situation today was all over the shop ....... talk about a bet each-way on the field of options.

Check it out ..................... https://www.racing.com/


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« 2021-Aug-27, 08:01 PM Reply #6 »
Not sure whether they will appeal. Jamie posted an apology in which she said the penalty was fair.

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« 2021-Aug-27, 09:17 PM Reply #7 »
There are a few rumours about how they got copped and what were they celebrating etc.

Kah will learn from this but it is a part of being in the spotlight.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/comment-jamie-kahs-reputation-takes-a-hit-with-selfish-act-20210827

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« 2021-Aug-27, 09:56 PM Reply #8 »

READY, FIRE, AIM


From 'go to whoa' the conviction and sentencing was was all a bit quick.

It is unlikely that anyone involved even considered consequences like those now revealed.

These were bubble-people much like sports teams in isolation ...... was any harm done .......... was any harm likely

The penalty is not proportionate and, on sober reflection, will be set aside.




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« 2021-Aug-27, 10:06 PM Reply #9 »
There are a few rumours about how they got copped and what were they celebrating etc.

Kah will learn from this but it is a part of being in the spotlight.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/comment-jamie-kahs-reputation-takes-a-hit-with-selfish-act-20210827

Stupid yes.

But 3 months????

Tommy Berry didn't get that for putting Brenton Avdulla in hospital with a broken neck.

And what about this vague sentence delivered with innuendo:

Speculation is rife as to what Kah and the other jockeys were doing at the Mornington house party, where they defied State Government stay-at-home directions and also broke a 9pm curfew.

What is that supposed to mean  :what:

And there is old Giles Thompson getting his 10 cents in. Does that bloke ever have something positive to say about Victorian racing?

Him and his integrity officer have us all believing that the industry in Victoria is some sort of "den of iniquity".

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« 2021-Aug-27, 10:59 PM Reply #10 »
PP, ever ask yourself why do all the scandals and stuff ups happen in Victoria?   :lol:

They need V’landys as nothing bad happens in NSW racing.  :sweat:

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« 2021-Aug-28, 06:56 AM Reply #11 »
The reason nothing bad happens in NSW is simple Jeunes......Strong leadership and transparency
RNSW leader was so strong he sued the National broadcaster......because of the "hurt".

Absolute transparency in all of the subsequent reporting too.....you bet!
Zaaki's handicap rating goes into the stratosphere....13th best horse in the world now.....WOW!

Like I say Jeunes.....transparency all the way in NSW......such dedicated racing journalists here as well, just to inspire confidence.
How lucky we are!....now what time is the 1st at Caulfield?
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« 2021-Aug-28, 07:57 PM Reply #12 »

Tommy Berry didn't get that for putting Brenton Avdulla in hospital with a broken neck

Amazing some of the stuff that the keyboard warrior PP can post. What the hell would the length of T Berry's stretch have to do with what Kah and her party mates have incurred. Why would anyone with a logical brain attempt to compare them. Firstly by comparing them you are insisting the panel who invoked the  Berry suspension were 100 percent spot on . Therefore their interpretation should be the benchmark for all future suspensions . What a load of the proverbial. Do a bit of research and realize these tribunals etc are not the High Court of Australia and therefore discussions regarding precedence are absurd. More importantly ; Mr Berry allegedly committed an offence against the Rules of Racing. These clowns  in Victoria broke a law of  the Land . A significant difference I would have thought . Racing ,I think it is fair to say has enjoyed a privileged position in these Covid times. And that means all streams of the Industry , whether it be owners , trainers, jockeys, support staff , punters etc have enjoyed far less financial woes than others in other forms of employment. And yet a few selfish individuals decided to act outside the community requirements for their own personal enjoyment. Personally I think their sentences are lenient in view of what the community as a whole are experiencing at present. They were in privileged positions and decided to show scant respect to the general community and the rest of the Racing Industry.

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« 2021-Aug-28, 08:25 PM Reply #13 »
Racenet had below article on the money, Kah has lost already. She will learn from it but I am not sure if she will get the same opportunities as before as owners sometimes prefer to keep winning jockeys on

https://www.racenet.com.au/amp/news/jamie-kah-misses-out-on-40000-in-prizemoney-after-four-of-her-rides-win-at-caulfield-20210828

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« 2021-Aug-28, 09:01 PM Reply #14 »
Mark Zahra now also suspended for 3 months for attending the party.

Stewards also said they are considering further investigating the original 4 jockeys for not informing them that Zahra was there.

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« 2021-Aug-28, 09:09 PM Reply #15 »
Really Sobig ?  At one stage I thought  that jockeys might be a tad smarter than Rugby League players. Alas it appears they are on equal footing.

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« 2021-Aug-28, 09:54 PM Reply #16 »
Wow, the issue also would be more police involvement too if they signed any statements etc.


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« 2021-Aug-28, 10:19 PM Reply #17 »
Jamie was engaged for 4 subsequent winners today including Behemoth.

Approximately $40,000 in winning fees missed.

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« 2021-Aug-29, 12:17 AM Reply #18 »
What the hell would the length of T Berry's stretch have to do with what Kah and her party mates have incurred.

Everything stalker.

If a murderer got 6 months and a car thief got life wouldn't it be valid to comment on commensurate penalties.

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« 2021-Aug-29, 07:43 AM Reply #19 »
There is seriously no one home with you is there PP. Last time I looked a "a charge of careless riding " by a racing steward was not a criminal charge.  Kah  and her gang committed an offence against the laws of the land.. Do you get it yet ? Shouldn't be too hard for you.

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« 2021-Aug-29, 10:24 AM Reply #20 »
Racenet covering the Kah incident in detail. Zahra cops a 3 month suspension too and misses the ride on Very Elegant. Expensive mistakes by all concerned.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/how-champion-jockey-jamie-kah-may-have-become-too-entitled-20210828

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/mark-zahra-fifth-jockey-banned-in-airbnb-house-party-scandal-20210828

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« 2021-Aug-29, 11:01 AM Reply #21 »
How can these people be so silly?

What thought process do they go through to determine whether a "party" is worth jeopardising what they might be jeopardising?

There are people we all put our "hard-earned" on to make many right decisions during a race day.

"Do I go now or should I wait?"

"Should I take that inside run or wait for the other gap to open"?

'How's my mount Tulloch going, is he going better than Radish?'

etc etc

And they can't work out that "partying" during these time is not worth it    :o :o

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« 2021-Aug-29, 12:05 PM Reply #22 »
There is seriously no one home with you is there PP. Last time I looked a "a charge of careless riding " by a racing steward was not a criminal charge.  Kah  and her gang committed an offence against the laws of the land.. Do you get it yet ? Shouldn't be too hard for you.

So with your mind set anyone who has been charged with a COVID breach should be suspended from their employment for a period of time?  :chin:

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« 2021-Aug-31, 01:08 PM Reply #23 »
It seems 3 of the 5 jockeys involved in the Mornington party are appealing their suspensions. Interestingly Kah gas not but she has until Thursday to do so

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/three-of-five-suspended-airbnb-jockeys-appeal-severity-of-spring-carnival-bans-20210831


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« 2021-Sep-13, 09:36 AM Reply #24 »
https://www.racing.com/news/2021-09-12/news-kah-accepts-scobie-breasley-medal
"Sorry" Kah accepts Scobie
 
James Tzaferis@Jtzaf
12 September, 2021

 

Jamie Kah, pictured after riding her 100th metropolitan winner last season (Image: Racing Photos)

A "sorry' Jamie Kah has again apologised to the Victorian racing industry whilst accepting her maiden Scobie Breasley Medal on Sunday night.
In her first public appearance since the infamous Airbnb scandal that rocked Victorian racing last month, Kah told Racing.com that she'd endured a tough few weeks but had recevied support from family and friends.
The 25-year-old was suspended for three months and faces further sanction for a seprate charge of lying to stewards about the incident, which breached the Victorian Government's strict COVID lockdown rules.
Kah said she was hungry to return to the saddle following her suspension and work to regain the trust of owners and trainers.
"It's been a rollercoaster of emotions over the last few months," Kah said.
"I had such a great season and was on such a high and obviously now I've been suspended for the spring carnival and it had the possiblity to be my biggest one yet.
"It was a tough few weeks but I'm getting better.
"I just wanted to say again that I'm so sorry to the people I let down, the owners and trainers that had booked me for rides, they'd put faith in me and I let them down and I let the industry down.
"My family in particular, they've had to read the media and the (social media) posts that people have been saying about me and I feel so bad for them.
"We'll get through it, I'll learn from it and hopefully I can come back better than ever and more determined."
WATCH: Jamie Kah discusses her COVID ban.
 
WATCH: Jamie Kah accepts the Scobie Breasley Medal.
Away from the controversy, it was a night to savour for Kah, who became the first female jockey to win the coveted Scobie Breasley Medal.
And like her runaway Melbourne Jockey Premiership success, the vote count for the medal, which is based on performances on metropolitan racetracks and voted on by Racing Victoria stewards, was a one-horse race with Kah (86 votes) winning by a record 37 votes from Damian Lane (49).
Previous medallists Craig Williams (36) and Damien Oliver (35) also finished inside the top five on the leaderboard, as did Melbouren Cup hero Jye McNeil (34).
Kah was also awarded the Victorian Jockeys Assocation Most Valuable Jockey, as voted by her peers, and collected the Roy Higgins Medal as the winner of the Melbourne Jockey Premiership. 
"To be given this award (Scobie), there is so much history and prestige that comes with it, I'm absolutely privileged to be awarded it," she said.
"There were so many highlights through this year, it just got better and better every month.
"Winning Group 1 races is amazing but to be at your best the whole year and be rewarded with the Scobie, it's very special.
"There are some amazing riders in that top five so for me to win it, I'll definitely never forget it."

ENDS

Jamie appears before the VRT today ...............an expedited hearing sought by her brief Damian Shiels SC on the charge of giving false and misleading evidence to stewards.....she is not an appellant against the 3 months suspension for breaching COVID restrictions.... Judge Bowman chair of the VRT has released transcripts of appeals submissions by Mark Zahra's brief and the RV stewards submission ..posted previously on the VRT thread .

Giddy Up :beer:

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