Belwazi

Jamie Kah aboard Belwazi (Image: Racing Photos)

Kah marks Melbourne arrival with Belwazi win

Jamie Kah continued her flying start in Melbourne when guiding Belwazi to win Saturday's $140,000 Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

Kah, 23, relocated from Adelaide to Melbourne after riding at Strathalbyn on Wednesday.

Her first meeting at Geelong on Thursday saw her figure in the minor placings on three occasions before gaining her breakthrough winner at Cranbourne on Friday night.

But the victory of Belwazi was the announcement of Kah's arrival on the biggest stage.

Belwazi firmed from $26 to $15 at the jump before sweeping home from midfield to win the Kensington by a neck, surviving the late challenge of $3.20 equal favourites Glenall and Champagne Cuddles.

"It was obviously a bit of a tougher race for her but at the 400 metres I thought she was going lengths better than anything else," Kah said.

"I just had to hold her and keep her travelling as well as I could, she probably hit the front too soon still."

Belwazi was a late nomination for the Kensington Stakes after trainer Jerome Hunter determined it was worth placing the five-year-old mare into the field.

The daughter of Bel Esprit rewarded Hunter's judgment, winning her first Stakes race and her seventh overall from 18 starts.

"You watch South Australian racing all the time and horses just seem to travel for her (Kah) so well," Hunter said.

"We were going into a big race and I knew she'd be hungry for the opportunity."

Kah, who rode in three races on Saturday, conceded she didn't expect to have many rides at the Flemington meeting given the short notice since her arrival.

However, she remains hopeful the rides will swell in time and her second at Flemington, when she guided $151 outsider The Mighty Jrod into the placings, also served as a reminder of her talents.

"I'm ready to do the work and drive everywhere for the first few months, and try and establish myself," Kah said.

"I'm not really basing myself to one particular trainer, I'm getting around to all the tracks.

"Obviously the trainers want to see you around and riding winners first and doing the work."