He has been looking forward to the ride on Dissident in Saturday’s All Aged Stakes for the past month, and now Jim Cassidy will arrive on race day buoyed by his “special” Sydney Cup win on Grand Marshal.

Cassidy was in vintage form on and off the track on the final day of the Championships at headquarters. The 52-year-old lifted Grand Marshal to victory at the end of a testing 3200 metres, having stripped two kilograms to ride at 52kg with just four days notice.