Jockeying for a look at Cup
MELBOURNE Cup-winning jockey Jim Cassidy was trumpeted as the special guest for a function at Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday, but it was the Cup itself that took centre stage.
The 2016 Cup – made of gold and worth a cool $175,000 itself – visited Ascot as part of its tour around the country in the leadup to the race that stops the nation.
The recently-retired Cassidy, who won on 1983 victor Kiwi as well as Might and Power in 1997, was late arriving to the Lions Club of Perth event after a delayed flight.
But the jockey known as Pumper won over the audience of about 100 with several humorous tales from his career, particularly his confident re-telling of the day he rode Kiwi from last place at the top of the straight to a famous victory.
Fellow Melbourne Cup winner Wayne Harris also shared the story of his win on Jeune in 1994.
Peter Neville and David Wee with the Melbourne Cup.