Bombshell text messages have been uncovered during the white powder inquiry into Jamie Kah, while the champion jockey has opened up on the lingering effects of her serious injuries following a nasty fall in March.
Horse racing’s glamour girl was charged by racing stewards at the start of July after becoming embroiled in the scandal where she was filmed at a gathering in her own home.
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Now Kah has told a Racing Victoria tribunal that she was completely blindsided by the secret video, and she had no idea she was being filmed by stable hand Ruby McIntyre until she was messaged an image of a plate (with lines of white powder on it) just hours before the video went public on June 23.
But the jockey also explained to the tribunal the extent of the damage done to her brain following that life-threatening fall at Flemington.
The accident left Kah in hospital and she was put in an induced coma for several days.
Jamie Kah still struggles to recall things after her serious accident in March. Credit: Getty Images
She also had bleeding to the brain, as well as a broken wrist and foot.
She told the tribunal she still struggled to remember the names of horses and she had little recall of her time in rehab.
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“I got told there was a rating from three to 15 (and I was) the highest. They were quite shocked I was functioning, probably so well,” Kah said.
“(But) I don’t remember a lot. I know I did a lot of walking and swimming at home to get function back, and I know I had to do a lot of (nuerological) tests after that.
“I had still quite good memory from years’ ago, but I couldn’t remember current things; horses’ names … to this day I have to search the horse’s name to remember it.
“I remember my wrist being broken for a long time after that.”
She said the brain trauma had also severely reduced her tolerance to alcohol.
“I found out pretty quickly the very strong effects (alcohol had on me) … I had a few glasses of wine and I was not OK and I had to stop drinking for a while,” Kah told the tribunal.
But she revealed on the night of the house gathering in mid-June (where infamous video was taken) she had consumed “maybe five drinks”.
Kah is riding again but she had to pass several tests to get back in the saddle.
“They didn’t say I passed with flying colours or anything like that … I passed adequately enough to ride track work,” she said.
Victorian greyhound racing trainer Jacob Biddell Biddell – who is Kah’s housemate – has also been punished over the scandal.
At the end of July, the Greyhound Racing Integrity Unit found Biddell guilty of conduct detrimental to the interests of greyhound racing and handed him a conditionally suspended one-month ban.
“Mr Biddell pleaded not guilty to the charge and made further submissions,” the hearing report said.
“Having considered all available evidence, the charge was found proven and Mr Biddell formally found guilty.”
– With AAP
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