Jamie Mott lands maiden Group 1 in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Popular jockey Jamie Mott toasted a well-deserved career milestone on Saturday at Caulfield, riding his first Group 1 winner.

Mott, 34, who has overcome weight issues with a meticulous and career-defining fitness regimen and plant-based diet, sailed to victory aboard $16 chance Callsign Mav in the $1m Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

I Am Superman charged into second in his Australian swan song, while the gutsy Tuvalu held on for third despite doing all the donkey work behind leader Buffalo River early in the 1400m event.

Mott, who subscribes to Wim Hof ​​breathing and meditation methods, including a 15-minute ice bath each morning in a chest freezer in the garage, knew he was on the right horse in the Rupert Clarke.

“I always knew it (Group 1 success) was coming,” Mott said.

“I’m one for working hard and always believing in what you are doing.

“Give up is not an option.

“I put myself in a good spot weight wise and mind wise this campaign and I’m thankful to Danny (O’Brien) and the wonderful connections for keeping me on Callsign Mav.

“They deserve it … he’s a three-time New Zealand Group 1 winner … he got conditions to suit today and he was really tough when I needed him.”

Stewards downgraded the track from a Soft 6 to Heavy 8 midway through the meeting.

Further deterioration led to a Heavy 9 rating before the Rupert Clarke.

Regardless of conditions, Mott, who neatly rode for O’Brien as an apprentice, knew he was on the right horse to win on Saturday.

“I’ve been trying to break into the Group 1 category for a while,” Mott said.

“I was confident this horse would definitely be a top-three chance and I was hoping he could get the job done.”

Callsign Mav joined O’Brien’s yard last year after running in the Cox Plate.

“He’s just been such a gifted rider (Mott) who’s worked so hard over such a long period of time with his weight,” O’Brien said.

“If Jamie was four or five pounds lighter he’d be a top-three metropolitan jockey.

“He rides as well as anyone and he’s going to be a very popular victor here today.

“There’s so many people that have got so much admiration for Jamie.”

Mott has ridden 22 Victorian winners, including four in Melbourne, to lead the state premiership through the first seven weeks of the season.

He credited his fitness and diet to his success in the saddle.

“I’m doing 56kg comfortably on a Saturday and Wednesday and every day 57kg no problem, really easy,” Mott said.

“It used to be hard, the way I did things, sometimes you just got to change your ways… I’m training much harder, I’ll be fitter than most of these horses out here today.

“If I do have to lose the weight because I’m so fit it doesn’t affect me … I’m on a plant-based diet.”

Ice man Mott also spends 15 minutes each morning submerged in a chest freezer doing breathing and mindfulness exercises.

“It’s been a bit of a challenge over the winter, definitely, I’ve let it go up a couple degrees in temperature but every day, I love it,” the newly-minted Group 1 jockey said.

“I’ll be diving in (Sunday).”

Originally published as Jamie Mott lands maiden Group 1 win as Callsign Mav storms home in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

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