While living on the Gold Coast over the last year, Caserta was also a regular rider on the Northern Rivers of NSW, travelling far and wide to establish himself as a top rider in the area.
When based in Victoria earlier in his career, Caserta was a close mentor of rising Queensland apprentice jockey Jaden Lloyd, with Gold Coast-based trainer Toby Edmonds noting the late hoop had a big impact on the son of champion rider Jeff.
“It is very sad for a 26-year-old, it is just tragic what happened,” Edmonds said.
“He was very close to Jaden and Zac Lloyd, he was like a father figure to them basically, Jaden lived with him for quite a while when he was in Victoria as an apprentice – it has hit them quite hard.
“He was a personal guy, always the first to say g’day and never missed a morning.
“It is very sad, unfortunately.”
Like Jaden Lloyd, Charleville product Tilley developed a close relationship with Caserta during time in Victoria, before also crossing paths once again in Queensland over the last 12 months.
Tilley gave his close mate a deserved salute to the heavens as he went past the winning post on bush sprinter V J Day on Saturday.
“Losing our best mate on Wednesday – old Chrissy - it is good to get a winner for him,” Tilley said after he won the Country Stampede on Saturday afternoon at Doomben.
“He was a big inspirational to all of us, he was all of our mates.
“I never heard one person say one bad thing about him, he always had a smile on his face.
“Even if he was down and out, he would always pick you up first.
“Losing him, it was like losing one of our brotherhood.”
Like Tilley winning a metropolitan Saturday race just days after his close mate passed, it was also a fitting result when Far Too Easy claimed the Winning Rupert Plate on Saturday afternoon.
The three-year-old gelding, Far Too Easy, is four victories from five starts in his young career, with Caserta in the saddle for his first two wins.
Far Too Easy’s trainer David McColm noted post-race on Saturday that Caserta was quick to identify the son of All Too Hard had plenty of ability and was keen to stick with him on race day.
While also being a hard worker and a capable rider, most that have reflected on Caserta’s passing have remarked that he was a joy to be around.
“He had a very infectious personality,” Munce said.
“You can tell by all the responses on social media, he touched a large group of people and it was very sad what happened to him.”
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