Cassidy back in action on Vision and Power
Autumn Group One winners Vision And Power and Roman Emperor will ramp up their spring preparations in barrier trials this week.
Jim Cassidy, who has been sidelined since injuring his right shoulder in an incident in the Queensland Derby in early June, rode both horses in the autumn and will be back in action at Tuesday’s Warwick Farm trials.
However, with the pair scheduled to clash in the Warwick Stakes on August 22, Cassidy may be forced to choose.
Vision And Power’s trainer Joe Pride believes there is no contest.
"Jimmy rang up to say he would be riding Vision And Power in the trial, he doesn’t want anyone else on him," Pride said.
"He says he is fit and ready to get back into it."
Vision And Power won the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Mile while the Bart Cummings-trained Roman Emperor was victorious in the AJC Australian Derby.
Pride has the Cox Plate in mind for Vision And Power while Cummings expects Roman Emperor to be among his team for his assault on a 13th Melbourne Cup.
"He’s going terrific," Cummings said.
"The Warwick Stakes is a traditional starting point and one that is likely for him.
"The horses at the Melbourne stable might be ready to start around that time as well."
Among the horses at Saintly Place at Flemington is 2008 Melbourne Cup winner Viewed and up and coming stayer Precedence."
Cummings is also looking forward to the new season’s two-year-olds and says he is busier than he has ever been.
In fact he is so busy he has declined an invitation to attend Friday’s controversial meeting in Sydney of breeding heavyweights gathering to discuss the future of NSW racing.
"I’ve got to go to the dentist," Cummings said.
In fact he will more than likely be at Warwick Farm for the final city meeting of the 2008-09 season.
Cummings sits a respectable sixth on the Sydney trainers’ premiership and his four Group One victories in 2008-09 have taken his tally to 253.
By Caryl Williamson