Storming win: James McDonald  rode Real Impact to victory in the  George Ryder Stakes.Storming win: James McDonald rode Real Impact to victory in the George Ryder Stakes. Photo: Getty Images

James McDonald’s group 1 double started in the Gulf and ended in Japan as the land of the rising sun sent an ominous warning for The Championships with yet another successful raid in Australia.

Following on from the success of Hana’s Goal (All Aged Stakes) and Admire Rakti (Caulfield Cup) last year, the Japanese preserved their perfect record in securing a major on trips Down Under after Real Impact dug deep to win the $1 million group 1 George Ryder Stakes.