Cassidy exits stylishly, as only Jim can

Cassidy exits stylishly, as only Jim can

RACEGOERS will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with recently retired champ Jim Cassidy at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Australian Turf Club will host Jimmy “The Pumper” Cassidy Farewell Day to mark his retirement from the saddle, with several planned events across the afternoon complete with a special commemorative souvenir racebook.

To begin with, Cassidy will be on hand from 11.30am for an hour to autograph hats and other memorabilia for his army of fans alongside the Todman statue.

Later, he will be the guest of honour among family and friends at an invite-only luncheon hosted by the ATC.

At 2.30pm, Cassidy will make his way down to the mounting yard for a public address and no doubt a few parting words for the anticipated big crowd and assembled colleagues.

Jim Cassidy weighs under the watch of chief steward Terry Bailey for the last time on Oaks Day at Flemington.

Jim Cassidy weighs under the watch of chief steward Terry Bailey for the last time on Oaks Day at Flemington.Source:AAP

“Jim’s been keen to involve the public as much as he can and that’s why he’s made himself available for those two periods on the day where anyone can come up and say goodbye and have their photo taken or get something signed’’, the Australian Turf Club’s Brett de Vine said.

“There is also an online space on the ATC website where you can go and tell us your most memorable Jim Cassidy memory, and can win a sign photo of Dissident which was his last Group 1 win.’’

Jim Cassidy (right) aboard Distant Rock chases James McDonald and Zebrine in his farewell race.

Jim Cassidy (right) aboard Distant Rock chases James McDonald and Zebrine in his farewell race.Source:AAP

Cassidy stunned the racing world during the recent Melbourne Cup carnival by announcing his retirement after more than 35 years as a jockey.

A member of both the Australian and New Zealand Racing Hall Of Fame, Cassidy rode 104 Group 1 winners, making him one of only four jockeys to have ridden 100 Australian Group 1 winners.

On top of that, Cassidy is one of seven jockeys to win Australia’s grand slam consisting of the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

Jim Cassidy is the centre of attention after his final ride. Picture: Jay Town

Jim Cassidy is the centre of attention after his final ride. Picture: Jay TownSource:News Corp Australia

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