Good fortune kept Jim Cassidy aboard Dear Demi for today’s $1 million Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m).
Cassidy in his own words said he gave the Clarry Conners-trained filly “a sore back” in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) five days ago.
Owner John Singleton was of the same belief as well and wasn’t happy.
“I spoke to Clary on Saturday night and he asked me to talk to Jimmy (Cassidy),” Singleton recalled post-race.
“He (Cassidy) didn’t ring me until Sunday and I said (to Conners) we will just get rid of him and put Nash (Rawiller) on.
“But Nash (Rawiller) got suspended so Jimmy (Cassidy) got reinstated.”
Cassidy made amends for his poor rides on Dear Demi in the Thousand Guineas and Wakeful Stakes with a perfect ride in today’s Oaks.
“I discussed with Singleton and Clarry before the race that I’ve got to go back. I thought going forward was suicidal and if I did that I wouldn’t win.
“They didn’t want me to go forward but they didn’t like the idea of being back at the tail of the field.
“I told them that I’m on the best filly and forget about the other day, it is history, worry about today.
“I waited for the 600 metre mark to make my move.
“All of them started to peel out before the turn and I just got onto their backs and was following them into it going half pace. I got to the front at the 200 metre mark just cuddling her,” he added.
Conners has always held Dear Demi in high regard and Cassidy shares a similar view.
“She’s pretty one-dimensional, get her back, get her relaxed, give her room and let her finish off…good stayers are like that,” he added.
Dear Demi has raced 15 times for four wins and six placings, three of those at Group 1 level. Her prizemoney tally is now beyond the $1.1 million mark after today’s win.