TWO years ago he made the long journey south and returned home with a Group One winner.
On Saturday night Queensland horseman Grant Dixon is hoping history can repeat itself.
In 2018 Dixon made the trip to Tabcorp Park Melton for the Victoria Derby, with Colt Thirty One upstaging his more fancied rivals in the Blue Riband.
This weekend Dixon will contest Australia’s oldest classic with rising star Governor Jujon, which qualified for the $200,000 event with an impressive heat triumph in Ballarat last weekend.
With Dixon in the cart, Governor Jujon was never seriously challenged as he led throughout in 1:58.2 over 2710 metres.
“I was very pleased with his run in the heat,” Dixon said. “More importantly he has pulled up well and been working a treat since.
“He is going into the Final as good as he can possibly be.
“With a bit of luck he can match Colt Thirty One and go home a Derby winner.”
Drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier four, Governor Jujon is the $3.10 second elect with TAB Fixed Odds.
Also successful in his heat, Line Up is the $2.25 favourite from gate three.
Making his Australian debut for trainer Anthony Butt, Line Up also set the pace on his way to a 1:56.2 win.
“We’re drawn well enough and hopefully can get into a good spot early,” Dixon said. “With the right run he is certainly capable of winning.
“Line Up would have been the most impressive of the heat winners and is the one to beat from the draw.
“It’s a Derby, so naturally the field is strong and we’ll just have to see what kind of run we can get on the night.”