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Mark grew up near Perth and was apprenticed to Dean White with his first ride on dirt at Geraldton Racecourse in 1998.

After honing his skills in Western Australia, Zahra completed his apprenticeship with leading handlers Brian Cox and then Tony McEvoy.

His first G1 victory was on the Jim Conlan-trained Above Deck in the 2006 Doomben Cup.

He rode as a retained second jockey to Sheikh Mohammed Darley's operation in Melbourne behind Kerrin McEvoy for three-years.

Over the last 10 years he has established himself as one of Australia's leading riders and in the 2015/16 season registered his first century, ending the campaign with 110 wins in total.

He has ridden overseas in Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand and Singapore before riding in the Shergar Cup of 2019.

First Runner 26 Dec 1998
Wail Spring (Aus)  
Geraldton (Aus)  |  Class 1 Handicap
First Win 01 Mar 1999
Winrosy (Aus)
Geraldton (Aus)  |  Class 3 Handicap
Best Horse :
SANTA ANA LANE (Timeform Rating 128)
First Group Win (G1):
ABOVE DECK (20 May 2006)


Latest Rides

FPDateCourseRunnerDivTypeDistancePM AUD $TrainerTime
10 of 1331 Jul 2021M VMONTENEGRO MAN$13BM701200m$75,000MARK KAVANAGH1:12.60
7 of 831 Jul 2021M VAKTAU$16OPEN1600m$125,000MICHAEL MORONEY1:37.51
3 of 1031 Jul 2021M VJIGSAW$1.72CG OPEN1000m$125,000CINDY ALDERSON0:59.33
11 of 1203 Jul 2021FLEMSTAR OF UMA$4.33F OPEN1400m$150,000T & C MCEVOY1:25.11
6 of 1303 Jul 2021FLEMCARDIGAN QUEEN$6.02 OPEN LR1600m$161,000CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE1:39.42
8 of 1103 Jul 2021FLEMNEXT STEP BERRIMA$213 OPEN1600m$150,000SHEA EDEN1:38.93
8 of 1003 Jul 2021FLEMMENNEA$1.92 OPEN1200m$151,000CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE1:11.71
10 of 1001 Jul 2021BDGOTHE LION INSIDE$1.9FM MDN1600m$35,000MICK PRICE & MICHAEL KENT JNR.1:39.83
2 of 1230 Jun 2021SANLVEGAS KNIGHT$4.53U BM842100m$50,000COLIN LITTLE2:13.06
1 of 1330 Jun 2021SANLNERVE NOT VERVE$8.53UFM BM702100m$50,000MICHAEL MORONEY2:14.45

Trainer Statistics

Trainer NameWinsWin (%)PlacesPlace (%)RidesPM AUD $G1(w)G2(w)G3(w)LR(w)ROI
ROBERT SMERDON 15216.0%20637.6%951$6,279,7070398$0.85
PETER SNOWDEN 11217.6%16844.0%636$4,246,2450265$0.79
TONY MCEVOY 7713.3%13135.8%581$2,170,5550000$0.67
DARREN WEIR 5818.3%7943.2%317$6,855,2604622$0.78
MICHAEL MORONEY 5314.3%8537.3%370$2,582,6071022$0.88
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG 4914.8%8741.0%332$6,778,6911724$0.74
ANTHONY FREEDMAN 2819.6%3644.8%143$7,225,5263021$0.85
J T CONLAN 2516.4%3942.1%152$1,193,9001111$0.80
CIARON MAHER 2523.4%3051.4%107$1,697,0100012$1.20
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE 2414.6%4441.5%164$2,759,8200223$0.58
BRIAN COX 2415.3%3738.9%157$211,6300000$0.64
ROBBIE GRIFFITHS 2112.4%4237.1%170$831,1700001$1.02
RICK HORE-LACY 1920.2%1738.3%94$329,7960001$1.48
TONY VASIL 1812.5%3637.5%144$776,0950020$0.66
LEE FREEDMAN 1713.3%2432.0%128$483,5250002$0.80

Seasons Summary Statistics

SeasonWinsWin (%)PlacesPlace (%)RidesPM AUD $G1(w)G2(w)G3(w)LR(w)ROI