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Sport'I miss it': Champion jockey Cassidy eyes racing return after crash

22:21  14 march  2019
22:21  14 march  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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The 56-year-old had bleeding on his brain following the accident on Saturday, when his SUV was hit head-on by another car going at around 90km/hr.

He says it has cleared his thinking about a racing return.

“Some people find god, I might have found racing again,” Cassidy said.

“I tell [you] one thing about the crash, it is worse than any race fall. I saw [Cassidy’s wife] Vick and my kids as it was happening and thought 'this is it. I’m gone'.

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“When you go through something like that you have to reassess and riding is a part of my life. I miss it.

“You spend five days in hospital you do a lot of thinking. What you want to do.

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"If I get the all-clear from doctors, I could be back but I know I have to do it right.”

Cassidy has already spoken with John Singleton about riding again and will consult Vicki and his mother about going back to race riding. He feels he would still be very competitive.

He is confident that Singleton would support him.

“He is still dirty on me for retiring in the first place,” Cassidy said, “The first thing is to let my body heal.

“My weight is good, I’m 56kg, but I would need to get race-fit. I still think there is a space for me in that jockey’s room.

“I’m looking to go out fishing with Singo next week and have a good talk about it and mum and Vick as well but it is something that I want to do again.

“If everyone is happy for me to do it I could be back before the end of the year.”

Cassidy rode 104 group 1 winners in his career including Melbourne Cup success on Kiwi and Might And Power, two Caulfield Cups, a Cox Plate and a Golden Slipper on Ha Ha.

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He has been on the talking circuit since his retirement in 2015 and will honour an engagement for kids with cancer in Newcastle on Friday.

“I have only been in a car on the way home from hospital but nothing will stop me going up there to do this function,” Cassidy said. “It is a sell-out, so I won’t let them down.”

Meanwhile, there could up to three scratchings from Saturday's All-Star Mile field after veterinary inspections on the majority of the runners on Thursday.

The $5 million race lurched from one problem to another with many questioning the process of picking the field after several lowly-rated horses got into the race amid a voting controversy.

There is a further cloud over the race after Material Man, Urban Ruler and Foundry were found to be lame during the examinations. They will be reassessed on Friday but if they are scratched it could actually make the field better.

The Chris Munce-trained Urban Ruler, which has more than 800 owners, was voted into the race by public ballot but his form has been poor in Brisbane finish with the tailenders.

He was sent for X-rays after being found lame by two vets.

Material Man and Foundry, another outsider owned by a big syndicate, were also found to be lame.

Le Romain is the first emergency and Mackinnon Stakes winner Trap For Fools would be next in line, which would lift the overall quality of the race.

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