Queensland jockey returns to racing with a bang

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  • Nth Qld rider returns with high expectations
QLD jockey - Emily Cass


Queensland jockey Emily Cass has recently returned to racing after a two-year absence and now she is hungry for success.

In October 2017, Cass had her world turned upside down when she tested positive to a banned substance which saw her disqualified from riding for months, but her pain and suffering saw her off the scene for far longer.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards conducted an investigation in January 2018 where they heard evidence of a sample taken from the young apprentice.

Cass pleaded guilty to the charges and was subsequently suspended until June 2018 with a provision that she supply a clear sample before returning to any trackwork or handling of horses.

This had a major effect on the (then) 26-year-old who had a very large wall to climb from that point onwards.

It was a hard road back and while away from racing, attending rehabilitation and kept herself fit and healthy by spending a lot of time with her own horse.

Cass also has previous experience as a personal trainer so the incentive to stay fit was always within her.

In her two-years off the scene, Cass has also put a lot of work into re-building her confidence which she felt she had lost while away from work.

But with the support of friends and family, she has picked herself up, fought off all her demons and regained the confidence she once had and has returned to racing with a vengeance.

Her biggest fan is her father Rick, who still resides down south where Cass began her riding career as an apprentice with the Toby Edmonds team.

The 28-year-old rider claims her father is “my rock, my best friend”, and the biggest inspiration in her life.

She made her return to the track in Cooktown (at a non-TAB meeting) in November last year and it wasn’t long before she returned to the winner’s circle.

Returning to scale after another victory

That happened in Atherton just before Christmas where she rode the Janel Ryan-trained Beraht to victory in a BM65.

Cass claims her short-term goal is to remain fit and healthy while long-term, she hopes to successfully ride out her remaining apprenticeship and then target a jockey’s premiership.

Going on her recent results, that is a very real possibility.

In February alone, she has had 11 rides across two meetings at Townsville’s Cluden Park track where she has racked up five winners and two placegetters, and that includes a race-to-race treble at her last meeting.

She is a very determined young rider and Emily Cass (Cassy) is certainly back on track in fulfilling those goals.