All Aged Stakes 2015: Jim Cassidy puts aside personal tragedy to steer Dissident to thrilling victory   Leave a comment

All Aged Stakes 2015: Jim Cassidy puts aside personal tragedy to steer Dissident to thrilling victory

Dissident wins All Aged Stakes

Dissident wins All Aged Stakes

JIM Cassidy was riding for something more important than Group 1 glory at Royal Randwick on Saturday — he was riding to honour the memory of his sister-in-law, Marion, who passed away during the week.

Peter Moody after winning both Group 1s, the All Aged Stakes and the Champagne Stakes.

Peter Moody after winning both Group 1s, the All Aged Stakes and the Champagne Stakes. Source: News Corp Australia

The champion jockey, wearing a black armband, showed his professionalism and skill to put aside personal tragedy and drive Dissident to a thrilling win in the $400,000 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Cassidy is as tough as they come, but understandably, there was just the hint of a tear in his eye after the race.

“My wife, Vicki, lost her sister Marion on Wednesday,’’ an emotional Cassidy toldThe Sunday Telegraph.

“Marion was only 37 and had a heart attack. We will put her to rest (on Thursday), so winning this race is a nice way to salute her.

“Vicki is doing it very tough, so this to win this race means a lot to me.’’

It was a tragic yet triumphant climax to the final Group 1 race in Sydney this season that turned out to be one of the most thrilling finishes of the autumn carnivalbefore 13,110 race fans. The highlights included:

CASSIDY won his second Group 1 race of the Randwick carnival after scoring on Grand Marshall in the Sydney Cup last week.

THE 52-year-old jockey has now ridden 104 Group 1 winners to be outright third on the all-time list behind George Moore (119) and Roy Higgins (108).

DISSIDENT scored his fourth Group 1 win of the season to emerge as a legitimate Horse of the Year contender.

TRAINER Peter Moody had a memorable day with three winners including the Group 1 double with Dissident and Pasadena Girl (Champagne Stakes).

RACING NSW stewards fired in a protest on behalf of sixth placegetter Generalife against fourth over the line Lucky Hussler which was subsequently upheld.

An emotional Jim Cassidy looks to the skies after winning the All Aged Stakes. Picture: G

An emotional Jim Cassidy looks to the skies after winning the All Aged Stakes. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

The All Aged Stakes lived up to the hype and proved a compelling contest with Dissident ($10) edged out Wandjina ($7.50) by a head with favourite Chautauqua ($3) finishing fast for third, a long neck away.

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“Dissident has been a great horse to me and I’ve got to thank Pete for giving me the chance to get back on him,’’ Cassidy said.

“We knew this was going to be the horse’s last run and there was plenty of pressure to go out a winner.

Jimmy Cassidy knows he’s got it. Picture: Simon Bullard

Jimmy Cassidy knows he’s got it. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

“I rode him aggressively, put him in the race which is what he needs, to get into the fight.’’

Moody said Dissident, who retires to Newgate Farm Stud in the Hunter Valley this spring breeding season, has now provided a compelling case for Horse of the Year honours.

“Listen, it is not for me to judge Horse of the Year but surely it is hard to go past him now,’’ Moody said.

“I’ve had the pleasure of retiring three Group 1 winners, Typhoon Tracy, Black Caviar and Dissident. The first two were Horse of the Year winners. This bloke has put his hand up to be number three.

“I would describe Dissident as unassuming and underrated — he always has been. He has never gotten the accolades this colt.

Dissident digs in for a fight. Picture: Simon Bullard

Dissident digs in for a fight. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Corp Australia

“He has raced at Group level from Day 1, five Group 1 races in his career, won his first start, he’s won his last.”

Moody, the champion Melbourne trainer, admitted he came to Randwick believing he had three winning chances with Hi World (Frank Packer Plate), Pasadena Girl and Dissident.

But Moody has been in racing long enough to know you can never take anything for granted,.

“I thought we had three excellent chances with three nice horses in great shape,’’ Moody said.

“But most of the time, it doesn’t work out the way you like on raceday but today it all came together. I’m very proud of my team.

“It doesn’t get much better than this. I think Pasadena Girl was the 50th Group 1 winner and Dissident gives us another reason to enjoy this moment.’’

Gai Waterhouse had to settle for second placings behind Moody in both Group 1 races with Wandjina (All Aged Stakes) and Street Rapper (Champagne Stakes).

Pasadena Girl takes out the Champagne Stakes

Pasadena Girl takes out the Champagne Stakes

Wandjina made a brave attempt to lead throughout but Dissident was simply too strong.

“The got a good neck ahead of me down the straight and he just kept fighting. It was two good colts fighting it out. Great run,’’ Wandjina’s jockey Damien Oliver said.

Chautauqua got into trouble early and nearly fell before eventually recovering to finish a closing third.

“They didn’t give me a lot of room when they crossed me and when they steadied the pace, he didn’t settle, he almost locked his jaw,’’ Chautauqua’s rider Tommy Berry said.

Terravista ran the worst race of his career to finish 12th with jockey Hugh Bowman dismounting from the horse on the way into the Theatre of the Horse.

“There is obviously something wrong with him, I was in the right spot, he dipped badly at the 400m and I never really had a horse after that,’’ Bowman said.

But like last week, the final word belongs to Cassidy.

“Ring-a-Ding-Ding the old boy is back,’’ Cassidy said.

“I wanted desperately to send Dissident out on a winning note and to win this race for Marion — it is a special day.’’

Pasadena Girl and Hugh Bowman combine to win the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Mark Evans

Pasadena Girl and Hugh Bowman combine to win the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

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Posted April 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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