Cassidy can’t see past Cambridge mare

The Pumper’s Cups tip: Bonneval (Hugh Bowman) proving too good in the Gr. 1 Underwood Stakes.

Top trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman are hoping the former great jockey Jim Cassidy is as good a judge as he believes.

In an interview with one of the leading Australian websites,, Cassidy, a member of the NZ Racing Hall Of Fame, has declared the Baker and Forsman-trained Bonneval as the winner of this year’s Caulfield Cup.

And Cassidy, who was known as “The Pumper” during his memorable race riding days, feels Bonneval can complete the coveted Caulfield – Melbourne Cups double – a feat no horse has achieved since another Cambridge-trained mare, Ethereal, in 2001.

Jim Cassidy would want Bonneval as his Cups mount.

“Bonneval is a moral,” Cassidy said of the dual Oaks winner who is unbeaten in her two Melbourne starts this campaign and attempting to chase her seventh win in succession in Saturday’s Gr.1 $A1 million Labrokes (Caulfield) Stakes over 2000 metres.

“She’s all class and just keeps winning. Her Underwood Stakes victory was first rate. She had to dig deep off a strong tempo.

“If I was chasing down a ride, she’s the one I want.”

In the interview, Cassidy then heaped praise on Baker.

“How good is he? Every year he comes across from New Zealand and wins a big race,” he said. “The horses are tough, typical Kiwis.”

The champion jockey proceeded to ask ‘What price is Bonneval to do the Cups double’?

Punters can secure $42 about the dual Oaks hero to win the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double.

“Take some of that now and go and wait in the queue,” said Cassidy.