Veteran jockey Jim Cassidy was quick to get back into the winner’s stall when he steered Tagus to victory in the Group 3 $125,000 Tattersalls Club Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm today.
It was Cassidy’s first day back after a three month break and the evergreen jockey showed that he had lost none of his vigour punching the John Thompson trained eight year old home.
Runner-up Kontiki Park was held up for a run in the straight and ran to the line strongly indicating another win isn’t far away while favourite Moment Of Change battled away for third after having a wide run during the race.
Thompson won’t be aiming too high with Tagus during the Spring and has picked out the Group 3 $150,000 Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle on September 19 at his next run.
“It’s good to see Jim back. He’s one of the best. He jumped on this fella on Tuesday and we were quietly confident today,” Thompson said.
“It was a hard race. If he didn’t win today we thought next start, he rode him very well and got the job done.”
“He’ll probably go for the Cameron, then one step at a time.”
Cassidy gave Tagus a good chance today after riding the gelding work during the week and was rewarded with a win after producing one of his high quality rides.
“I got to work him during the week, his run was good the other day, and he dropped from 59 to 54. It was good,” Cassidy said.
Cassidy dedicated the win to his family after they have been going through a tough time with his brother Col recovering in hospital following a serious car accident.
The Chris Waller trained Rangirangdoo ran a mighty race with 61.5kg to run into fourth and stable mate Said Com wasn’t disgraced running home from the tail of the field to finish a handy sixth.