Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

When it comes to living legends of horse racing in Australia and New Zealand, they don’t come much bigger and better than Jim ‘Pumper’ Cassidy. The 53 year old retired at the end of the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival and will make his first appearance on a race track since retiring this Saturday at Tuncurry for Tuncurry Cup Day.

The New Zealander will be a special guest on behalf of the jockey club and the major sponsor for the race day, the Tuncurry Bowling Club. Cassidy says it will be an absolute pleasure to be track side for the clubs biggest day of racing.

“This will be the first time I have stepped out on a track since retiring,” He said.

“I am very excited to come here on behalf of the club and it promises to be a great day. I played a round of golf this afternoon and yeah, I am loving it. Life away from the saddle is suiting me perfectly.”

Pumper’s career spanned three decades, and it was a career that any jockey would envy. It was filled with many highlights, but Cassidy says it was his 100th Group l win on Zoustar in the 2013 Coolmore Stud (1200m) that tops the list.

“To get that win and join two absolute legends in George Moore and Roy Higgins…that will stay with me forever,” Pumper told Justhorseracing.

“The career of Might And Power was also fantastic, but that magic 100 number on Zoustar was as good as it gets.”

His career ended with a seventh placing on Distant Rock on Oaks Day at Flemington. He had been away from racing ever since, but Cassidy says it was a phone call from a good mate that convinced him the time was right.

“Dasher (Dale Spriggs) gave me a call shortly after I retired,” He said.

“He asked me if I could come his way and I didn’t need asking twice.”

The Grand Slam winning rider knows full well his popularity is very high in the racing industry and wants to give back to the industry that has set he and his family up for life…and he is only too happy to do such that.

“Retirement for me is all about mingling with people on the other side of the fence,” Cassidy told Justhorseracing.

“I never got to experience that as a jockey, so that is something I am looking forward to on Saturday; giving back to the community and putting a smile on peoples faces.”

And as for the Tuncurry track itself?

“I had a look at it today and mate it is an outstanding track in regards to the layout, circumference and the footing underneath,” The 53 year old said.

“I am very impressed by what I have seen.”

So how does Jim Cassidy the jockey like to be remembered?

“I’d like to be remembered as a jockey who put his balls on the line every time he was in the saddle.”

“I took risks; That’s the way to do it, and it worked for me. I am very proud of what I achieved and am very much enjoying the next phase of my life.”

Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Finche races into 2019 Melbourne Cup favouritism

A horse racing in the colours made famous by Frankel and Enable is now the equal Melbourne Cup favourite following...

Begood Toya Mother wins the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Begood Toya Mother has delivered on a long-range plan in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield in...

Avilius too good in G1 George Main Stakes

Avilius has reaffirmed his status as one of the country’s premier weight-for-age stars and put himself back in the Cox...

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results and replay – 2019

View the results and replay for the 2019 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was raced at...

George Main Stakes results and replay – 2019

View the results and replay for the 2019 George Main Stakes (Optic White Stakes). The George Main Stakes (Optic White...

Brimham Rocks wins a spot in the Caulfield Cup

The Chris Waller-trained Brimham Rocks has earned a ticket into the Caulfield Cup with his first Australian victory in the...

Female jockey banned on drug charge

Queensland jockey Tiffani Brooker has been disqualified for nine months after a recent urine test showed traces of a number...

Mystic Journey’s trainer inundated with derogatory messages

Mystic Journey’s trainer Adam Trinder has spoken out about the derogatory calls, emails and text messages he has received after...

Taylor Swift scratched from Melbourne Cup day

International singing superstar Taylor Swift will no longer perform at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day following a change to her...

Failed drug test cover up rocks US horse racing

A cover up of a failed drug test has this morning rocked the US horse racing industry. The New York...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.