Karma Strikes Victoria Derby Horse Owner Who Sacked Female Jockey
This year, the biggest story is who DIDN'T win the AAMI Victoria Derby.
For the record, three-year-old gelding Warning, ridden by champion jockey Damien Oliver and trained by Anthony Freedman, has claimed the AAMI Victoria Derby, racing away from Southern Moon and Soul Patch for a dominant three-length win.
Pre-race favourite Shadow Hero was a disappointing fifth, but many people were even more interested in second-favourite Thought of That, after its regular jockey Linda Meech was sensationally dumped midweek in favour of a male rider, Mark Zahra, in the Derby.
Meech had won comfortably on Thought Of That at its previous start, and few in racing circles could believe that owner Brae Sokolski kicked her off the horse.
Indeed the only woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner, Michelle Payne, was furious.
So how did Thought Of That go in the Derby without its regular jockey Linda Meech?
Not well. Not well at all.
Indeed, Thought Of That finished well back in the field, after being given what can only be described as a pretty average ride by replacement jockey Mark Zahra.
That result will doubtless be put down to karma by some.
To be fair, Thought of That was so far off the pace today, it would likely have struggled no matter which jockey was aboard.
But Mark Zahra is a highly accomplished rider and there's no doubt his effort today -- trapped wide for much of the race -- was far from his best.
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