Experienced hand: Darren Gauci wins on Lord Durante on Saturday.Experienced hand: Darren Gauci wins on Lord Durante on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Veteran jockey Darren Gauci is one of the softly spoken, quiet men of the weighing room.

There are few theatrical gestures and no whoops, shouts or exhortations when he returns to scale.

Not even when he rides what is nowadays a rarity for him: not one, but two metropolitan winners on the same Saturday afternoon, as he did at Caulfield this weekend when he booted home two gallopers in contrasting fashion.

Gauci’s opportunities have been few and far between in recent years, but the one-time superstar of the track is philosophical about the way a jockey’s life ebbs and flows.