* Expat Ian Wilkes aims to become the first Australian to train the winner of the upcoming Kentucky Derby with three-year-old colt McCracken
* Wilkes grew up on a dairy farm in northern NSW, left school at the age of 16, and during the 1980s worked under Australian trainers Paul Sutherland, Vic Thompson and Colin Hayes
* In 1989, Wilkes moved to Kentucky to work for Carl Nafzger. Wilkes became the track work rider for Unbridled, who won the Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 1990
* Wilkes returned home for three years but in 1993 went back to Kentucky and became Nafzger’s top assistant
* In 2006, Wilkes took over the bulk of Nafzger’s stable when the veteran went into semi-retirement
* Wilkes’ first solo Grade One winner was Capt Candyman Can in the 2009 King’s Bishop Stakes in Saratoga Springs, New York
* In total, Wilkes has trained more than 500 winners, including Fort Larned in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic
* McCraken is the 5-1 joint second favourite for the DerbyNo tags for this post.