Champion jockey Jimmy Cassidy is convinced Chris Waller’s Hawkspur can give him his 100th Group 1 winner, in Saturday’s $2.5 million dollar Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Cassidy has rated Hawkspur a genuine Cups contender since his winter campaign in Brisbane, which culminated in a dominant victory in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.
“He ticks all the boxes, the rest is up to me just give him a good ride a trouble-free run in running, and there’s no doubt he can win the Caulfield Cup no risk at all,” said the 50-year-old rider.
“He won the Rough Habit and then the Grand Prix and I thought he was unbeatable in the Derby.
“I said he’d win the Derby and he did, he won by four (lengths) and I said to Chris ‘Look, with a bit of luck he might be my Caulfield and Melbourne Cup ride’, and here we are under a week away and he’s Caulfield Cup favourite.”
“I love it when a plan comes together, we’re not there yet, but we’ve baked the cake we just got to put the icing on it now”.
Despite being stranded on 99 Group 1 winners for several months, Cassidy maintains he’s not feeling any added pressure.
“I’ve stood the test of time holding up to the pressure so I certainly don’t feel any more pressure with one more (Group 1 win) to go.
“Look it’s going to be a great thing when it happens, but I’m just going out trying to ride them well and give them every chance to win the Group 1’s, some are good enough, some aren’t.
“It’s going to happen eventually.
“It’s going to be special to be in that category of Roy Higgins and George Moore so it’s going to be a special day when it happens,” said Cassidy.