Evergreen veteran hoop Jim Cassidy will miss out on a ride this Stradbroke Handicap Day 2015 at Doomben Racecourse due to injury.
The Hall of Fame jockey tore his hamstring at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and won’t be back in action this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival needing at least three weeks to recover.
It is a blow for Cassidy who would have likely secured a ride on genuine Group 1 hope Press Statement who trainer Chris Waller runs in the $600,000 Group 1 BMW Australia J.J. Atkins (1600m) against a field of fellow two-year-olds on the weekend.
An undefeated Hinchinbrook colt, Press Statement enjoyed a soft win over 1350m at Rosehill last weekend with Cassidy in the saddle but there will be a change of hoop for the JJ Atkins bid now.
Cassidy is off on holidays over the winter and will return to the saddle at the start of the new season on August 1.
His absence from the list of available jockeys for the bumper nine-race line-up of Stradbroke Handicap Day on Saturday leaves Waller with a number of replacement riders to find.
Waller, who celebrated his impressive 13th Group 1 win for the season last Saturday at Doomben with Winx winning the Queensland Oaks, will have a total of three juveniles facing off in the JJ Atkins field.
Likely favourite in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, Press Statement will be joined by last start Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes fourth placed Redoute’s Choice colt Counterattack and the promising Feast For Eyes.
A last start winner at Canterbury over 1550m on May 27, More Than Ready colt Feast For Eyes will on Saturday be ridden by Cassidy’s son-in-law Zac Purton after Cassidy was aboard for the youngster’s latest start.
Tye Angland will then jump back aboard Press Statement, who the hoop rode for a win on debut two starts back, while Hugh Bowman is booked to partner Counterattack.
As well as his JJ Atkins trio, another top Doomben hope on the weekend for Waller is Quick Strike in the $600,000 Group 1 Channel 7 Queensland Derby (2200m) with Tommy Berry replacing Cassidy in the saddle.
Also in the Derby for the stable are High Chaparral gelding Sadler’s Lake (Blake Shinn) who won the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) before a fifth to Upham in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2020m) and Grand Prix runner-up Redoutable Heart (James McDonald).
In the day’s headline race, the $2 million Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) Waller could also have a trio of starters.
He has confirmed an acceptance for his Doomben 10,000 winner and top weight Boban (Glyn Schofield) and Delectation (Glen Boss) but is sweating on a start for Flamingo Star who Berry will ride if the German import gains a run after debuting down under with an eighth in the 10,000 on May 23.
All the Saturday race fields for Doomben are out on Wednesday morning and will be published right here so stay tuned.
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