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Casey hoping to go out on a high with two rides at Listowel on Wednesday

Published 15/09/2015

David Casey
David Casey

David Casey has two rides for Willie Mullins at Listowel on Wednesday - weather permitting - as he bids to end his riding career on a winning note.

Although fixtures on Monday and Tuesday had to be abandoned due to waterlogging, the third day of the Harvest Festival looks set to go ahead after the course was declared fit for racing on Tuesday afternoon, although conditions will continue to be monitored.

Casey, 39, is set to partner top-weight Alelchi Inois in the feature race on the card, the Guinness Kerry National, before making his farewell on likely hot favourite Long Dog in the Ballygarry House Hotel Novice Hurdle.

"I ride Alelchi Inois for Willie now. I was down for Pass The Hat but he's not running because of the ground," said Casey.

"And I'm riding Long Dog in the novice hurdle as well.

"That will be it, done and dusted.

"We'll see when they run the Kerry National if it's called off, but I'd be surprised if it's off.

"It would be great to win that but I'm booked to ride Long Dog in the race after.

"I think he's going to be favourite. Willie and Ruby and Rich Ricci are being kind to me, trying to send me out with a winner. That would be great so we'll see how we get on.

"Some say it's the end. I say it's the beginning."

Casey has long shared an association with Mullins and will remain with the County Carlow trainer, accompanying the stable's Melbourne Cup contender Max Dynamite to Australia.

"Going over to Australia with Max Dynamite for the Melbourne Cup was something I wasn't expecting so hopefully he can put a good performance and keep the team up there in lights," he said.

Casey's big-race successes in the saddle include Fadoudal Du Cochet in the 2002 Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Rule Supreme, who landed the Royal & SunAlliance Chase there in 2004.

He won the Irish Hennessy twice, on Rule Supreme in 2005 and Kempes in 2011, the Galway Plate on Ansar in 2004 and the Thyestes Chase on Hedgehunter in 2004 and On His Own in 2012 among other big prizes in Ireland.

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