By Jon Lees
GB: Charlie Fellowes has turned to Jamie Kah, the world’s leading female rider according to Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s global rankings, to partner Spring Carnival regular Prince Of Arran in next month’s Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Fellowes was left hunting for a replacement rider after Michael Walker, who had ridden Prince Of Arran on both his previous visits to Australia, switched to Dashing Willoughby.
Prince Of Arran has become a fan favourite in Australia after he finished second and third in the last two Melbourne Cups, while also recording victories in the Geelong Cup and Lexus Stakes.
Newmarket trainer Fellowes wanted a rider who would commit to partnering his stable star in both the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.
Fellowes tweeted: “Delighted to announce that Jamie Kah has been booked to ride Prince Of Arran in both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup. An extremely talented jockey who has had a wonderful year. Her riding style will suit Arran perfectly.”
G1-winning rider Kah, 24, has ridden over 900 winners and is the only woman currently in the Top 100 of the global rankings. Having made her UK debut in last year’s Shergar Cup, she heads the city jockeys’ premiership in Melbourne after two months of the Australian season.
Kah will be bidding to emulate Michelle Payne who became the first and only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, in 2015 on Prince Of Penzance.