Frenchman Jean-Étienne Dubois will take the reins on Ballarat-trained trotter My Tribeca at Melton on Saturday night.
He bred the five-year-old mare and races her out of the stable of Cardigan trainer Anton Golino.
Dubois has won 1500 races as a trainer, and driven and ridden (monte) more than 1200 winners.
His biggest success came in 1996 when he trained and drove Coktail Jet to win the world’s biggest race, the Prix d’Amérique for legendary French thoroughbred and trotting owner Daniel Wildenstein.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Golino said.
“He is a great driver who has won an Elitloppet, a Prix d’Amérique and just about every major race in Europe.
“He has trained multiple champions including Coktail Jet, Quaker Jet and The Best Madrik. I’ve asked him a couple of times if he would come down and drive,” Golino said
He said Dubois had never really been interested, but then recently agreed to make the trip.
“I’m not sure if he’ll continue to drive her after this but we’ll see what happens. It’s a privilege to have him drive her.”
This will be Dubois’s first Australian drive.
Golino’s association with the Dubois family goes back some time, having worked for Jean-Étienne’s father Jean-Pierre in France.
The Italian-bred My Tribeca lines up in the Benstud Standardbreds Trot, 2240m, after galloping and being unplaced at her latest start, also at Melton.
“She was a bit stirred up and a bit fresh and drawing on the inside didn’t help her. It’s better if she has horses either side of her,” Golino said.
Golino is hoping My Tribeca can build on what has already been a successful week for him.
He had a double at Melton on Monday night – Heavenly Sister ($3.40) in a TM0-TM1, 2240m, and impeccably-bred Dance Craze ($2.70 favourite) in a 3yo trot, 2240m.
Dance Craze is out of former champion mare La Coocaracha.
It was a big night at Melton for Ballarat-district squaregaiters.
Snake Valley trainer Damien Burns continued his good run with Straps ($11.70) having his first career win after four fourths on end.
Burns will chasing another win with Itsgettingcalder in the Stawell Trotters' Cup on Sunday.
BURRUMBEET teenager James Herbertson drove his first winning double at Terang on Sunday.
CARDIGAN trainer Emma Stewart will looking for a change of luck in the group 3 $30,000 Stawell Pacing Cup, 2590m on Sunday.
After having to abort her Inter-Dominion campaign with Restrepo, Guaranteed and Yankee Rockstar in Perth, she sends around another three in the cup.
Her stable will be represented by Gumdrops and last-start winners Metro Mike and Young Modern.