Cassidy on Honour in Caulfield Cup
Larry Cassidy will venture to Melbourne to ride for the first time in 19 months when he is reunited with Triple Honour in the Group One Caulfield Cup on Saturday week.
Cassidy last rode in Melbourne when he partnered Queensland flyer Burdekin Blues in his Group One Newmarket Handicap failure at Flemington in March last year.
Cassidy, last season’s joint winner with Stathi Katsidis in the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership, was approached by trainer Chris Waller on behalf of the owners to ride Triple Honour in the 2400-metre feature.
The former Sydney jockey rode Triple Honour during the Brisbane winter carnival, winning the Group Two Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) after finishing third on the six-year-old in the Group One Doomben Cup won by his stablemate Metal Bender.
“He’s an awkward horse to ride and I don’t think he likes the whip too much,” Cassidy said.
“His form since the winter has been quite good and the extra distance in the Caulfield Cup is going to suit him better.
“If he’s ridden patiently he should go a lot better and I expect him to be some hope at the 200 metres.”
Before his assignment on Burdekin Blues, Cassidy hadn’t ridden in Victoria since he rode Portland Singa in the 2005 Melbourne Cup won by Makybe Diva.
“I haven’t ridden in Melbourne since Burdekin Blues and before that it was Portland Singa in the Melbourne Cup,” Cassidy said.
“After that I went to Macau to ride for about nine months before I went back to Sydney and then came to Brisbane.”
Portland Singa finished sixth in the Melbourne Cup going down only four lengths to Makybe Diva in her last appearance before retiring.
Triple Honour carried his winter form back to Sydney where he was runner-up at Group Two level in the Warwick and Hill Stakes and fourth in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.
Waller was encouraged to push on to Melbourne for the Caulfield Cup following Triple Honour’s last-start third to C’est La Guerre in the Group Three Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick last Saturday.