Jockey Makes A Winning Move To Australia

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Jockey Barend Vorster has only called Australia home for a week, yet the 42-year-old has already claimed one of the country's most famous races.

Vorster guided the -trained filly to victory in the $1.25 million , the time-honoured Group One sprint run on at .

“Australia is my new home now and what a way to start it off,” Vorster said.

Born in South Africa, Vorster spent the past 15 years riding in Singapore.

He jumped at the chance to begin a new chapter of his life after hearing McEvoy needed a stable jockey in South Australia.

Vorster was the first to send an email asking for the job, McEvoy said.

“I couldn't spell his name for a start,” McEvoy said.

McEvoy, who had heard of Vorster, looked into the jockey's riding record, thought “wow” and quickly learned how to spell his name.

“He's a very good jockey,” McEvoy said.

“He's not a new kid on the block.

“He's come out here and handled the great occasion. What a great start for him.”

As for Vorster, he knew McEvoy was a good trainer with good horses.

He also knew it was time for a change.

“Singapore has been good to me but I just felt that change was coming, and what a change to have,” Vorster said.

The jockey Vorster replaced as McEvoy's stable rider in South Australia, Jamie Kah, claimed Super Saturday's other big race in a history-making ride.

In guiding to back-to-back Australian Cups, Kah both secured her first victory at Group One level and became the first female jockey to win the $1.5 million weight-for-age race.

“I came over here to seize opportunities, I didn't expect it so soon,” Kah said.

trainer was overjoyed to give Kah her first Group One and claim his fifth , the second in partnership with his son Ben and nephew .

“It was a huge thrill,” Hayes said.

“Jamie gave him an 11 out of 10 ride.”

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