Harry Grace chasing his first city win as a senior rider at Flemington on Saturday

Jockey Harry Grace will be out to capitalise on a golden opportunity from trainer Tom Dabernig at Flemington on Saturday.Loyalty could bring jockey Harry Grace a significant milestone at Flemington on Saturday.Grace’s hard work with the Tom Dabernig stable could finally land the 23-year-old his first city win as a senior rider on Maatsuyker in the Sir Henry Bolte Handicap (2000m).Grace decided to answer Dabernig’s call to ride for him when the former Lindsey Park trainer decided to set up his stable at Warrnambool last year.“My older brother Lester was apprenticed at Lindsay Park in the early days and he put my name forward to Tom,” Grace said.“Tom gave me a call when I was just out of my time asking me to come and work for him so I’ve been full time since day one for him“Tom has been really good to me.”Grace steered Maatsuyker to a dominant 6½-length maiden win at Mount Gambier on May 18 before bringing that form to town with a good third over the Flemington 2000m course on June 4.The jockey said Maatsuyker, a son of Cox Plate winner Adelaide, has improved with every race this time in.“It’s just taken time for the penny to drop with him,” Grace said.“Last preparation, he was just very green and raw and even this time in, he wasn’t showing his real ability in the jumpouts but once he got out over a trip, he has thrived.“He won at Mount Gambier quite nicely and it built confidence for him and he’s started to put it together.”TAB has Maatsuyker as a $14 chance in early betting on the Sir Henry Bolte Handicap (2000m).Drawing barrier 15 could form part of the bookmaker’s assessment of Maatsuyker’s chances.But Grace noted Maatsuyker would settle back in the field, irrespective of where he drew.“That’s no worries for him, he’ll end up getting back in a similar position to last time but will be working home better,” he said.Grace added an upcoming 2500m contest at Flemington would be a perfect assignment for the three-year-old.“I can see him eating up the trip if he gets out over further,” Grace said.“There’s a 2500m race coming up for three-year-olds and he’ll enjoy that coming up in trip.”Originally published as Harry Grace chasing his first city win as a senior rider at Flemington on Saturday