Best I Ever Saw: David Casey

We ask the National Hunt jockey to name his Greatest Of All Time

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Waterford-born jockey David Casey enjoyed a glittering jumps career. 

Working alongside champion trainer Willie Mullins, Casey enjoyed his day in the sun with winners at Cheltenham, Gowran Park and Leopardstown to name but a few. 

But, given the fantasy pick of any horse he’s ever seen in the flesh, there is one winner he would have loved to have had. 

Casey is the latest to take on our series, in which we ask: 'who is the best you ever saw?' 

I have to go for Frankel. 

He was a British horse, obviously, but we have the Irish connection as Tom Queally got to ride him. 

The first thing that comes to mind is his performance in the 2011 2000 Guineas. 

Everybody thought they were running a pacemaker in it and he jumped out and went clear from an early stage and just stretched them. 

That was the first time I really took notice of him and from there on he was invincible. 

His last win at Ascot, in the Champion Stakes, I was actually there and so I just went up to the stands to watch him up by the winning post. 

He was a beautiful specimen of a horse, beautifully trained and ridden. He had speed and he had stamina, ground wasn’t too much of an issue either. He just had everything. 

Tom played a huge part in it, he knew the horse and kept him relaxed because he could be a hothead at times. 

He had such a high cruising speed as well that he used to put horses to the sword without actually coming off the bridle itself. 

From there on he was invincible 

- David Casey 

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