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Caserta kicks back

BY Rick Morris - @RickMorris3
11 months ago Horse Racing

Chris Caserta (right) with Jim Cassidy (Pic: Twitter)

In October 2014 apprentice jockey Chris Caserta broke his leg in a fall in a Cranbourne trial, forcing him out of racing for 18 months.

But Caserta is a fighter - in more than the figurative sense of the word - and just one month after a major operation to stabilise his leg the young jockey was back in the gym to begin the long road back to the saddle.

"It was hard work but it's what I had to do to get back," he Caserta said.

"I've done taekwondo since I was young and it teaches you discipline and focus, that's what I needed during my rehab."

It took Caserta more than a year to get back in the saddle and when he did finally get the all clear to hop back on a horse he had to spend two months at half pace in track work and trials. 

But in 2017 Caserta's patience and persistence has paid off and the apprentice is riding in the sort of form that had Gai Waterhouse extend an offer to him to join her Randwick team.

"Not long after my return Gai Waterhouse invited me to come to Sydney and join her team," he said.

"I stayed for six months and really enjoyed the experience. I learnt plenty during that sting, Gai is a fantastic trainer, but I decided to come back to Victoria where I thought I'd get more opportunities."

On April 15th Caserta partnered veteran miler Sadaqa to land his first ever city win at Caulfield, and then doubled up with the same horse at ...


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