Setting the pace
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 – visited Ascot as part of a tour around the country in the lead up 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 people 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.