Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes.Australian bred: James McDonald ride Hauraki to win the Tulloch Stakes. Photo: Getty Images

After the group 1 successes of Contributer and Hartnell in recent weeks, Godolphin will look to Hauraki to become the stable’s first Australian-bred top-level winner in the Australian Derby at Randwick on Saturday.

It was a target that seemed unlikely a couple of runs into his preparation in Melbourne, where he struggled with the reverse way of going, but his second in the Phar Lap Stakes followed by a win in the Tulloch Stakes now has Hauraki back on track.

He is challenging for favouritism in the Australian Derby, in which he has been confidently supported, standing as equal favourite at $3.50 alongside Preferment at the TAB after Tuesday’s barrier draw.