Tuesday 23 January 2018

Triumphant farewell from David Casey with victory in Listowel

Jockey David Casey
Jockey David Casey

David Casey made a triumphant farewell from race-riding with an easy victory on Long Dog in the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle at Listowel.

The Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey enjoyed an armchair ride on the five-year-old, trained by his boss Willie Mullins, as Long Dog duly brushed aside his three rivals.

The 1-6 shot, owned by Rich Ricci, had no trouble completing a hat-trick as he came home nine and a half lengths clear of Collen Beag.

Casey, 39, said: "I'm getting older and probably am a bit old for a jump jockey and recently Willie offered me this position in the yard.

"I'm travelling with Max Dynamite to the Melbourne Cup. He's in quarantine now but goes over on Thursday.

"I've been there a long time already so not a lot will change - I just hope I won't be a burden on him!"

Mullins said: "David has been great fun to have around the yard and, having been with me since he was 17, it was great to see him growing as a jockey in that time.

"Going out in one piece is more important than riding a winner and he will be a tremendous asset to me in my business.

"He gets on very well with my people and staff and knows the way our yard works, and ticks.

"He is excellent to rate horses and can tell me to the pound what a horse is actually worth and it turns out he is usually right.

"A lot of people are unaware that David actually has a better record riding in France than at home as he has won two French Champion Hurdles and two Triumph Hurdle-equivalents in France."

Casey has long shared an association with Mullins and will remain with the County Carlow trainer as an assistant accompanying the stable's Melbourne Cup contender Max Dynamite to Australia.

His big-race successes in the saddle include Fadoudal Du Cochet in the 2002 Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham and Rule Supreme, who landed the Royal & SunAlliance Chase there in 2004.

He won the Irish Hennessy twice, on Rule Supreme in 2005 and Kempes in 2011, the Galway Plate on Ansar in 2004 and the Thyestes Chase on Hedgehunter in 2004 and On His Own in 2012 among other big prizes in Ireland.

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