Jim Cassidy is relying on all his experience after making a crucial decision to give up some huge chances on the Hawkesbury Guineas Day race card.
The veteran rider has decided it’s better to hold off on the top hopes at the regional meeting in a bid to be aboard some big chances when the carnival rolls into Brisbane in the coming days.
He could have had the mount of favourite Mr Unforgettable in the $150,000 Rowley Mile as well as Zingaling in the $150,000 Darley Crown.
In the end though Cassidy has chosen to stick with his guns and ride the Nathan Tinkler owned Levi’s Choice, a horse well and truly in the mix for the Queensland Derby.
“I hope my judgment is right, I think it will be,” Cassidy said.
“He [Levi’s Choice] is a very nice three-year-old heading towards the Derby. Nathan has been loyal to me and I like to do the right thing by him.”
Levi’s Choice was unlucky not to grab a win last start in the South Pacific Classic when he overcame a heavy track and interference to still run second.
He was run wide by the eventual winner Lucha Libre in the closing stages but missed out by a nose despite a protest.
“If the track wasn’t as heavy last start he would have won. I still think he was a little unlucky not to get the protest [over Lucha Libre], but not much we can do about that now,” he said.
Cassidy himself is in good form as well, fresh off a dominating win yesterday with the favourite My Sabeel.