Set­ting the pace

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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