CHAMPION Hong Kong jockey Douglas Whyte has been booked to ride Junoob in next Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.

Chris Waller finalised the deal with the 13-time Hong Kong leading jockey today to partner the Metropolitan winnerJunoob in the $3 million race.

Waller’s key engagement is a ringing endorsement for the stable as many others have unsuccessfully attempted over the years to bring the South Africa-born jockey to Australia.

And, the booking of Whyte follows a week after Joao Moreira won the Epsom Handicap on He’s Your Man for Waller - one of three winners the Brazilian had at Randwick last Saturday.

Obviously, the success enjoyed by Moreira on a Waller-trained horse played its part for Whyte to consider he was riding a live chance in the Caulfield Cup.

It’s also a huge coup for the Melbourne Racing Club to have the top three jockeys from Hong Kong - Zac Purton, Moreira and Whyte - riding in the Caulfield Cup.

Purton will ride Japanese horse Admire Rakti while Moreira has been booked for Gris Caro.

As well as securing Whyte for Junoob, Waller also locked away Michael Rodd to ride Craven Plate winner Moriartyin the Caulfield Cup.

Waller also has Hawkspur in the Caulfield Cup with Damien Oliver booked for the ride.

Depending on the results of Saturday’s Herbert Power Stakes, Waller could also have Who Shot Thebarman, impressive last start winner of the Bart Cummings, in the Caulfield Cup.

Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons said securing three internationally renowned Hong Kong-based jockeys was a stunning result for the Club and its signature race.

Symons said it is something the club has been working on for years and attributes the great relationship forged over that time with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, who must give approval before jockeys can be released.

He noted that with the HKJC taking coverage of between three-five races it will see a significant spike in turnover to have Messrs Moreira, Whyte and Purton all riding.