Star jockeys James McDonald and Brett Prebble linked arms moments after the former steered Zaaki to a powerful all-the-way win in the Group 1 MacKinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
He'd just ridden his 10th winner at the four-day Flemington carnival, breaking Prebble's long-standing record of nine salutes during Cup week.
It punctuated the best week of McDonald's life which also included Tuesday's dominant Melbourne Cup win aboard Verry Elleegant and a blistering salute on Nature Strip just two races before Zaaki's win.
"He [Prebble] gave me a hoy just past the post and he said 'Oh son, come here'," McDonald told Racing.com
"That was really special to share that moment with him. To compete against a great calibre of riders in this jockey room over this carnival is something special."
Zaaki stamped himself a superstar, comfortably holding out a strong Mackinnon field following his sensational scratching from the Cox Plate last month.
Only Prebble's mount Cascadian finished anywhere near the Annabel Neasham-trained import, who had been expected to win last month's Cox Plate before an elevated temperature on race morning.
Earlier on Nature Strip was even more impressive, making a mess of his rivals as the raging $1.25 favourite in the Darley Sprint Classic (1200m).
McDonald peeked over his shoulder as he crossed the line aboard the world's best sprinter, checking the margin back to second-placed Swats That and no doubt trying to calculate if it was further than the gap stablemate Verry Elleegant put on Incentivise on Tuesday.
Saturday was purely a celebration for the 29-year-old McDonald, and this time he was able to enjoy it with Nature Strip's trainer Chris Waller.
His wins on Nature Strip and Zaaki weren't as prestigious as his historic ride aboard Verry Elleegant four days earlier, nor was it anywhere near as lucrative as last month's $15m Everest win on the world's best sprinter.
But McDonald would've enjoyed both of them as much as any of those.
"We've experienced the straight twice [this week] on two really superstar horses and they've both delivered in great style," McDonald said.
"Nature Strip was nothing short of brilliant today, he's had a great campaign. He's just a marvellous horse.
"It's a learning curve every preparation we have with him, there's obviously great expectations with him every time he steps out and that comes with pressure.
"When he's short-priced favourite we've fallen into the trap of probably worrying about the race too much instead of worrying about the horse but now it's completely about the horse, and what will be will be."
Waller suggested soon after his star sprinter's 19th win that an overseas trip next year was once again on the cards.
"We've planned it [overseas] twice before, but Covid's put a stop to that - Covid's put a stop to most things," Waller said.
"We dare not complain, racing's continued and we should all be very proud here in Australia. Well done to those people that are watching at home, it's been a tough period.
"Longevity's the key with these good horses and there's a great group of sprinters going around, we saw in the Everest last start Eduardo and Masked Crusader, they're serious horses and I think Australia's got some really good sprinters.
"It was good to bring him down here today. It's a long prep for these horses, to hold them up it's a credit to my team, they do a fantastic job day in day out all around Australia and I'm very proud of them."
Meanwhile, Gary Portelli's Sebring colt Sejardan laid down an early Golden Slipper marker with an impressive triumph in the $1m Golden Gift (1100m) at Rosehill.
He settled rearward but flew home in the final furlong adding to his eye-catching debut Breeders' Plate win last month.
Earlier on, Real Time Warrior edged out Matthew Dale's Canberra galloper Five Kingdom in the Country Classic (2000m).