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Hollindale Stakes 2015: Jim Cassidy confident he can claim fifth Gold Coast Group 2

Jim Cassidy pilots Hawkspur (centre) to victory in last year’s Chelmsford Stakes. Picture

Jim Cassidy pilots Hawkspur (centre) to victory in last year’s Chelmsford Stakes. Picture: Simon Bullard Source:Supplied

NO one knows what it takes to win a Hollindale Stakes quite like Jim Cassidy and the champion jockey is confident he has the right horse to claim his fifth win in the Group 2 race on the Gold Coast.

The 52-year-old will ride Hawkspur in the Hollindale Stakes this year and while the gelding has slipped under the guard of most form analysts, Cassidy insists he is ready to fire on Saturday.

“I don’t see why he can’t win,” Cassidy said.

“His last couple of runs have been good and he only has to run up to them to be verycompetitive.

“He has form around (BMW winner) Hartnell and they have told me he has done well in Queensland, so I’m happy.”

Hawkspur hasn’t won since claiming the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes in Sydney last September but his recent form suggests another win isn’t far away.

He flashed home to run third to Hartnell in the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 14 and then again finished full of running when third to Pornichet in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) at the same track two weeks later.

He has since had a trial to tune up for this and Cassidy feels it’s a nice race for him.

“He has been around in a couple of Caulfield Cups and a Melbourne Cup and he is probably just off the top Group 1 horses,” he said.

“I know there is a bit of quality in this race this year but he is better running here than in a race like the Queen Elizabeth.”

Jim Cassidy returns on Dissident after winning the Group 1 All Aged Stakes. Picture: Gett

Jim Cassidy returns on Dissident after winning the Group 1 All Aged Stakes. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Cassidy has developed a great affinity with Hawkspur over the past few years.

Five of Hawkspur’s eight career wins have come with Cassidy in the saddle, including his sole Group 1 triumph in the Queensland Derby in June, 2013.

And Cassidy is hoping a return to Queensland will bring out the best in Hawkspur on Saturday.

“He enjoys getting a bit of sun on his back in Queensland and he has had luck there before so let’s hope that can continue,” he said.

“I enjoy riding at the Gold Coast track and I’ve always had luck there, which is a positive.”

Fresh off Group 1 wins aboard Grand Marshal and Dissident during the Sydney autumn carnival, Cassidy is “ready to attack” at the Coast on Saturday.

He has won the Hollindale Stakes a record four times- twice with Rough Habit (1991-92) and once each with Hunter (1990) and This Manhood (2004).

And even the punters believe Hawkspur is a sneaky chance of giving him a fifth victory in the race today.

“They’re backing quite a few horses,” TattsBet’s Gerard Daffy said.

“We got nearly $3000 out of Arabian Gold (yesterday) and Silent Achiever every time it runs is always our worst result and it’s been like that for two years.

“It’s not the case (today) though and they have dropped off her.

“Of the roughies, Sir Moments is really popular and he is our worst result at $15 but breathing down his neck is Hawkspur.”

Jim Cassidy and Grand Marshal storm home late to win this year’s Group 1 Sydney Cup. Pict

Jim Cassidy and Grand Marshal storm home late to win this year’s Group 1 Sydney Cup. Picture: Simon Bullard Source:News Corp Australia

Originally published as Cassidy confident he can claim fifth Hollindale

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Posted April 25, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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