Clickety-clack, the Pumper's back
Top jockey Jim Cassidy was back in the winner’s circle at Wyong less than three months after almost severing two fingers in a gardening accident.
Cassidy was successful aboard the Kris Lees-trained Race The Shadow in the opening event on Wednesday at what was just his fourth race ride since returning to the saddle at Rosehill on Saturday.
He later made it a double when he again combined with Lees to score aboard Be Elusive, who fittingly is owned by Cassidy’s long-term supporter Nick Moraitis.
The champion hoop underwent surgery in September after slicing two fingers on his right hand when he slipped while trimming a hedge at his Sydney home.
It was the latest in a series of setbacks, although the first that wasn’t suffered on the racetrack.
In 2007 Cassidy broke an ankle and ribs and suffered knee injuries when the horse he was riding in the Queensland Derby snapped a leg.
A year later he spent nine months out of the saddle with a shoulder injury which required reconstructive surgery.
But each time Cassidy has returned more determined than ever and last autumn he won three Group One races on successive Saturdays when he claimed the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Handicap aboard the Moraitis-owned Vision And Power and the AJC Australian Derby on Roman Emperor.