Grant Buckley christens stable's Goldophin colours

Grant Buckley with trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht. Picture: GREG TOTMAN
Grant Buckley with trainer Gabrielle Englebrecht. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Jockey Grant Buckley will create his own slice of history at Kembla Grange, when he wears the famous royal blue silks on Saturday.

He will become the first rider to don the Goldophin colours at the Illawarra Turf Club after the breeding empire opted to change from the maroon and white Darley colours at the end of last season.

Buckley will pilot untried three-year-old Attainment in a 1200-metre maiden, before backing up in race four on Occitan.

"It has just worked out that way, to be the first runner in those colours, so hopefully it all goes well and the horse runs well," Buckley said. "It is probably not a bad thing to be wearing those sort of colours for the first time. It is a bit of a privilege.

"The horse is a good chance in the race and has been working quite well, so hopefully it can win for the colours on the first time."

If Buckley isn't able to christen the new silks at the first attempt, he is sure to have every chance on Occitan.

The classy filly won first-up on debut at Randwick during her first preparation and later ran sixth in the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes.

Trainer John O'Shea brings the three-year-old to Kembla after she won a trial late last month.

"John is not afraid to take horses to the provincials to give them the 'kill', so hopefully it works out that way," Buckley said.

"She would have matured a bit and she is first-up, so let's hope she can get the job done."

O'Shea will have a third runner in race five, with apprentice James Innes taking the ride on Achanizo.

Saturday's meeting will be the first of the new season at Kembla Grange.

Premiership trophies from last season will be handed out after race four at about 2pm.


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