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Jockey and trainer Richard Cully. Picture: AAP Image/George SalpigtidisSource:AAP

Richard Cully will be hoping for a change of fortune when he returns to Morphettville this weekend.

The talented jumps jockey, who won the Crisp Steeple at Sandown back in August, had a far from memorable last trip to Adelaide on Irish Day last month with both horses hitting the deck.

“It couldn’t get any worse than last time I was there,’’ Cully said.

On Saturday the dual-licensed horseman will be on the other side of the fence when former local galloper Celtic Blast returns home.

In four starts for Cully, Celtic Blast has had mixed results.

He lost his rider first-up at Morphettville back in April before winning at Sandown, running down the track at Flemington before a being narrowly beaten at Swan Hill last time out.

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Celtic Blast ridden by John Allen winning at Sandown in May. Picture: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images

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Celtic Blast ridden by John Allen winning at Sandown in May. Picture: Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Cully said Adelaide wasn’t his preferred options before a bad barrier at Moonee Valley prompted him head across the border.

“It wasn’t the plan to go that way,’’ Cully added.

“We were going to go to Moonee Valley and then Seymour, but he drew wide and this race looked a better option,’’ he said.

Despite being drawn well in barrier five Cully said top weight Itz Invincible looked the horse to beat.

Jockey and trainer Richard Cully. Picture: AAP Image/George Salpigtidis

Jockey and trainer Richard Cully. Picture: AAP Image/George SalpigtidisSource:AAP

The Matthew Seyers-trained speedster has won seven of 17 starts and despite having spent 20 months away from the races has trialled well at Morphettville recently ahead of his return.

“My horse is in great order, but the top weight looks pretty hard to beat,’’ Cully added.

“It’s trial was pretty good the other day. It’s had 17 starts and never been out of the first three, you’d like to have two or three like him,’’ he said.

Cully has quickly established an impressive strike-rate since taking out his trainer’s licence earlier in the year and is hoping to build his Ballarat base.

He’s produced fives winners from just 12 starters

“The stable is ticking along nicely, our little mare (Raktoff) is going well and we’ve got a couple of former Kiwis here who will win some races when we work them out,’’ he said.

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