Champion jockey Jamie Kah has made headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, but on Sunday night she picked up plenty of plaudits, winning Victorian racing’s most prestigious individual prize, the Scobie Breasley Medal, by a record margin.
The 25-year-old is serving a three-month ban for breaching COVID-19 restrictions at the now infamous Airbnb party at Mornington in late August. And she faces a further sanction on a separate charge of lying to stewards about who was present at the gathering.
But her performance on horseback and in races cannot be questioned.
And in the wake of her triumph she stressed her remorse for the shame she had brought on her family and loved ones and the reputational damage she had caused by her actions.
But, she pledged, when she has served her penalty she is determined to come back stronger and more determined than ever.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions the last few months,” she told Racing.Com’s Jason Richardson in a Zoom cross during the virtual awards ceremony.
“It’s going to be a rough few months to come. Lucky I have got some really great people around me, we will get through it, learn from it, and hopefully, I can come back better than ever and more determined.
“I am so sorry to the people I let down, the owners and trainers that have booked me for some rides coming up…. I have let them down, I have let the industry down, my family in particular, they have had to read the media and the posts that people have been saying about me, I feel so bad for them.
“I have had Clayton (Douglas) support me throughout the year…..he has been there in the bad times … he’s been just amazing, I have got my mum and dad who moved over here (from South Australia) before lockdown, they have been here helping us at the farm every day…we could not have run this place without them.“