Kerrin McEvoy is relishing a reunion with trainer Charlie Appleby and Godolphin when he partners Scottish in the BMW Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
Now a freelance rider, the 35-year-old played an important part in Sheikh Mohammed’s operation for 10 years until his contract with Godolphin ended in September 2014.
But with Godolphin’s Australian number one James McDonald suspended, McEvoy will once again don the royal blue silks in the Group One over a mile and a half.
He said: “It was unfortunate for J-Mac (McDonald), but it was pleasing that if he couldn’t be there they (Godolphin) were looking for me as the next pick.
“Charlie’s a guy that I worked with closely when I was there (Europe), he was one of the head lads, and he’s been fantastic early in his training career over there.
“It’s exciting for him to have his first Caulfield Cup runner and it’s definitely nice to again be representing Sheikh Mohammed’s big team here in Australia.”
Scottish is a major player in the Caulfield Cup, having won the Strensall Stakes at York on his most recent outing in August.
He has also received what is thought to be a favourable draw in stall seven.
McEvoy told www.racing.com: “He seems to have travelled over nicely and he’s a horse that’s got better and better as the season’s gone on.
“His last-start win was a very tough win. He sat up on the speed, quickened up and was never going to get beaten.
“He’s got to show that form out to a mile and a half, but he’s got a nice second to Highland Reel over 2400 metres (mile and a half) as a three-year-old.
“That’s obviously a pretty good formline, even if it is over a year ago.”