Danny Mullins will be hoping to continue a successful whirlwind week when he rides in Australia for the first time at Morphettville on Saturday.
Mullins will represent Ireland in the annual Australia versus Ireland Jumps Challenge.
And he had good reason for missing Wednesday’s opening two heats at Gawler.
Mullins was committed to ride in France where he won the Prix Pelat aboard Fujimoto Flyer, trained by his cousin Emmet Mullins.
“Thankfully it’s paid off,’’ Mullins said.
“It’s my first win in France.
“Being part of such a great family is fantastic — you’ve got to keep working to make the opportunities arise, but hopefully we’ll have plenty more.”
Mullins and Liam Gilligan will represent Ireland alongside locally based rides Shane Jackson and Ronan Short.
Australia will be represented by Lee and Daryl Horner Jnr alongside Richard Cully and Will Gordon.
Mullins landed the plumb ride on last-start Casterton winner Historic in the steeple.
Historic is the last son of Zabeel ever sold through the sale ring and is trained by Australia’s best jumps jockey Steven Pateman.
And he will ride the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Just A Joke in the hurdle.
Just A Joke is a lightly-raced former New South Wales galloper who has trialled over the hurdles eight times for three wins and four placings but failed to complete the course at his hurdle debut at Ballarat late last month.
Ireland hold a commanding 28 to 15 (with one draw) series lead over Australia who started in style at Gawler on Wednesday.
Lee Horner won the opening race aboard Zubrowka for Grant Young before Daryl Horner Jnr was successful aboard local Spiegel Grove to Australia aa 19.5 points to 16.5 point 2019 series lead.