No jockey has completed the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas double since the two races were both programmed to be run on the same day in 2014.
But surely no jockey has had such good mounts in both classics as James McDonald does on Saturday.
The Sydney-based Kiwi will partner the fancied Smart Melody for Kris Lee in the $500,000 fillies contest before climbing aboard the hot favourite for the $2 million Caulfield Guineas, The Autumn Sun, for Chris Waller.
While McDonald might have been expected to be in Sydney among all the top NSW riders for The Everest, he is instead heading south to Caulfield for what looks to be a fabulous book of rides.
In form: James McDonald is eyeing an elusive double at Caulfield on Saturday. Credit:AAP
Not only does he take the mount on the two Guineas favourites, but he will ride topweight Hartnell for Godolphin in the group 1 Toorak Handicap, D'Argento for Waller in the group 1 Caulfield Stakes and conclude the afternoon with the ride on the now Lloyd Williams-owned, Aidan O'Brien-trained Yucatan in the Herbert Power Handicap.
McDonald's other rides are for Waller, training partners Ciaran Maher and David Eustace, Godolphin, David Hayes and Lee Curtis, so it is clear that he is the go-to man for the big stables on such an important day.
If he is nervous about it – and that's highly unlikely – he wasn't sounding it as he looked ahead to the program, one of the biggest days of the Victorian spring.
The Autumn Sun is regarded as a potential superstar having won The Golden Rose last time out.
Many good judges believe the three-year-old has the ability to be the only challenger to Winx were he to run in the Cox Plate – if he can navigate Melbourne's left-handed tracks.
So far he has done all his racing right handed in Sydney and Brisbane, but McDonald is not anticipating any problems.
''I have ridden him in trials and trackwork. He's a high-quality colt and he comes into the race with two group 1 wins. I don't think there will be any problems with him (around Caulfield) because Chris has done a lot of work with him.''
He is equally confident about the prospects of Smart Melody in the fillies' equivalent.
''She has no real chink in her armour except for the fact that the race is at 1600 metres,'' he says.
It could be a red-letter day for the former New Zealander.
D'Argento was a narrow runner-up in The Epsom in Sydney last time to Hartnell but will be suited to the step up to 2000 metres in the Caulfield Stakes.
McDonald rides Hartnell to a win earlier in the year. Credit:AAP
He also partners Hartnell – who proves the adage that, while form might be temporary, class is permanent, with that win in The Epsom.
He faces a similar task in the Toorak where Jungle Cat, the Charlie Appleby-trained English raider, will be looking to snare his second group 1 of the spring.
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