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Think again if you don’t believe in the Racing Gods



The Racing Gods exist.

They’re not just an imaginary “thing”.

They’re real.

They were there when Damien Oliver won the Melbourne Cup on Media Puzzle.

They were there when Ollie won on his last three rides in Australia.

They were there when Makybe Diva won her third Melbourne Cup, when Winx won her fourth Cox Plate, and for Winx’s finale in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

They were there when Black Caviar won her 25th consecutive and final race in the TJ Smith Stakes.

And, they were there again at Flemington on Saturday.

On Newmarket Handicap day last year, Jamie Kah nearly lost her life in a shocking fall in the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Traffic Warden wins the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

In the following weeks, as she lied in an induced coma in hospital with a serious brain injury, it was widely believed she would never ride again.

Twelve months to the day, Kah wins the Sires’ Produce Stakes, the race which nearly killed her, on Traffic Warden.

What odds would’ve you got about that when Kah was in her medically-induced coma?

They would’ve been huge, but, this was just the start.

The Gods, watching over a hot and windy Flemington, were only just warming up.

Kah’s fall meant she missed out on the winning Newmarket ride on Godolphin filly, In Secret.

In another act of The Gods, Dean Holland picked up the ride and scored the biggest win of his life.

Six weeks later, Dean was tragically killed in a race fall in country Victoria.

So, surely Kah couldn’t possibly win the 2024 Newmarket — and the Dean Holland Trophy — in the very same colours she should’ve won the 2023 edition in?

Well, she did.

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Jamie Kah poses with Dean Holland’s father, Darren, and his four children.

And she did it in front of Dean’s family, and his four young children, who were on course.

Kah didn’t win on a hot favourite, but on an $11 chance few pundits gave a winning chance to.

Her Newmarket heroics on Cylinder, who carried an identical weight (51½ kg) to In Secret, was destiny.

Not even nine-time Group 1 winner, Imperatriz, could stop it.

It’s no wonder Kah, with Dean’s family, shed copious amounts of tears after the race.

They knew what happened was more than a coincidence.

It was a race, and a day, decided by The Gods.

As punters, we do our best to try and predict the future.

But, as The Gods showed us yet again, some things are just meant to be.

Saturday was another reminder that it’s not people who have total control over what happens on a racetrack.

That is the domain of The Racing Gods.

And that’s the way it will stay.

For eternity.

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