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Cassidy Operations On Both Knees & Right Ankle
Leading Sydney jockey Jim Cassidy "will have operations on both knees & his right ankle later this month as the grand slam-winning rider steels himself for the final chapter of his long & colourful riding career," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Cassidy, 47, told an audience at the Melbourne Cricket ground: "I am riding in a little bit of pain at the moment, but there would be few jockeys of my age that wouldn't be. I'm looking at getting both my knees done, as well as a pin taken from my ankle & hopefully that will give me another 12 months. I want to get it done for 2 reasons. I found my next nice horse in a Redoute's Choice colt called Slater. He's out of the VRC Oaks winner Special Harmony & I won on him at his debut at Canterbury a few weeks ago & he's got that feel about him. He might be something special in the spring. It's also about time I spent some time at home with my little daughter (Piper) who's just 5. So I want to make sure I'm free of pain when I finish up."