Brisbane jockeys Larry Cassidy and Michael Cahill hope their quinella at Doomben today is an omen for when they clash again in a New Zealand Group One race next week.
Cassidy made the most of an inside barrier to guide Raiden to a neck win over Cahill’s mount Intrinsic in the Tropical Fresh Plate.
Cassidy will link with Sydney trainer Chris Waller to ride Endless Drama, while Cahill will venture across the Tasman to ride The Bostonian in the Gr. 1 Haunui Farm Classic at Otaki next Saturday.
It will be a home-coming for Cassidy, the younger brother of Hall of Fame jockey Jim Cassidy, who learnt his trade in New Zealand before coming to Australia where he has ridden 43 Group One winners alongside premierships in Sydney and Brisbane.
“I ride for Chris when I can and I always get reminded I was the jockey when Winx won the first of her 30 races in a row,” Cassidy said. “Obviously to ride for Chris in a Group one is a real buzz.”
Cahill, who has ridden seven winners in the past three days, will partner The Bostonian for Tony Pike in the Haunui Farm.
“I won the Daybreak Lover Stakes and the Sunshine Coast Stakes on The Bostonian in the winter,” Cahill said. “I have only been to Wellington (near Otaki) once before so I am really looking forward to it.”
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees prepares both Raiden and Intrinsic and it continued the good run of his Gold Coast satellite stable.