Jockey James McDonald has had a stellar Autumn Carnival.Jockey James McDonald has had a stellar Autumn Carnival. Photo: Getty Images

James McDonald will be the leading group 1 jockey of the Sydney autumn but there is one thing missing from his haul of five top-level wins that he hopes to rectify on Tarquin in the Champagne Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

“We had a strong two-year-old team and we wanted to win a group 1 with them, but it just hasn’t worked out,” McDonald said. “This is a great chance.”