Champion jockey Jim Cassidy and wife Vicki are enjoying the first horse to run in their rainbow colours and hope Chiang Mai Express can continue on her winning way at Kembla Grange on Tuesday.
A winner on debut at Queanbeyan, Chiang Mai Express steps out in the Duck Creek Class 1 Handicap and will carry a unique set of colours promoting marriage equality.
“When Australia said 'yes' I wanted to do something to celebrate and went and registered these colours,” the Hall Of Famer said. “I wanted the rainbow colours and they look great. Too often in racing we don’t celebrate things like this and that’s what the colours do.
“They are our colours and this is the first horse to wear them, so they are unbeaten. It was one my biggest buzz in racing to see the colours win and celebrate with a whole group of owners. Any horse I’m in I would like to see in these colours in the future.”
Clare Cunningham prepares the Bullet Train filly and thinks she is a handy type that will win her share of races.
She sent her to Queanbeyan just to get a win under her belt and admits Tuesday is a step up.
“It was good to see her go down there and win and with BOBS money it was a great start for this group of owners,” Cunningham said.
"She has improved from that trip away, but this is another rise in grade and there are some handy horses in the race.
"The advantage we have is that Christian Reith will ride her again and he knows her really well. I think she will go well again.”
Cunningham said it is enjoyable to have the Cassidys in Chiang Mai Express: “He rode for Pete [Moody[ when I worked there and I knew him but it it wonderful to see him so excited,” she said.
Cassidy said: “Clare is my favourite trainer at the moment and when we get another one I think we might send it to her again, because she is very good trainer.”