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Zoustar gives jockey Jim Cassidy 100th Group One win

Zoustar gives jockey Jim Cassidy 100th Group One win

Jimmy Cassidy became just the third jockey to win 100 group 1 races in Australia on Saturday when star sprinter Zoustar charged home to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington.

Cassidy, who announced himself with one of the most famous Melbourne Cup rides in history on Kiwi three decades ago, scored by two lengths after slightly missing the start, finishing ahead of Notlistenin’tome and Lion of Belfort to lift the hoop alongside George Moore and Roy Higgins as the only men to achieve the milestone.

The 50-year-old rides beaten Caulfield Cup favourite Hawkspur in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup in a bid to win the race a third time, following his successes on Kiwi in 1983 and Might and Power in 1997.

Jockey Jim Cassidy reached a milestone in Australian racing, winning his 100th Group One race on board Zoustar, taking out the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington.

Cassidy brought Zoustar home down the outside to win the 1,200m race comfortably by two lengths from Notlistenin’tome, with Lion of Belfort a head back in third.

Cassidy paid tribute to his family and those in the industry who had helped him after the race.

“Look, I owe it to the team, my wife, my three girls and Malcolm and Longy – without them I couldn’t have done it, mate,” he told the Seven Network.

“All the owners and trainers who have supported me, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

“And to (trainer) Chris Waller, the opportunities he’s given me the last couple of years, I can’t thank him enough.”

The win makes him the third jockey – along with Roy Higgins and George Moore – to achieve the landmark.

An emotional Cassidy acknowledged what the win meant to him.

“I feel a bit teary thinking about that (joining Higgins and Moore) – two outstanding horsemen and two great individuals,” he said.

Trainer Waller said his over-riding emotion was relief after the win, which resulted in a payout of $4.3million – including a $4million bonus for a stud deal.

“Put the money aside, it’s simply, yeah, he’s got the crown of being the best 3-year-old in the country,” he said.

“And he’s defended it up the straight. It didn’t look pretty eight days ago when he had his jump out.

“He worked well Tuesday morning and there’s been a sale on the table.

“To the horse’s credit, he’s coped with it all.”


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