Glen Boss has gladly welcomed the call-up to ride Big Duke (IRE) in Saturday's rescheduled Sydney Cup, believing the Darren Weir-trained stayer has all the right ingredients to win the $2 million race.
Boss's opportunity has come as a result of Craig Williams' suspension, with the RAD Board dismissing his appeal against an eight-meeting ban on Wednesday morning.
"Winners keep winning and Big Duke looks to be a lightly-raced stayer on the way up, he ticks a lot of boxes for the Sydney Cup and he is favourite for a reason," Boss said.
"Darren Weir and the connections have done a great job with him, they've been able to build his preparation and beat the handicapper.
"He's got 52kg in the race but his rating already says he should be carrying more.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity, obviously it is disappointing for Craig (Williams) but I'm very much looking forward to the race now."
Boss already has a Sydney Cup on his resume, having won the feature two-mile race aboard Makybe Diva in 2004.
He now resides in Singapore but is still eager to be involved in Australian racing when the opportunities present.
"It is pretty scary to think that Makybe Diva won the race 13 years ago," Boss said.
"I enjoy the challenge of riding in two-mile races, we don't have many left in Australia and the Sydney Cup is a historic race."
A field of 14 accepted for the rescheduled Sydney Cup, which was originally declared a no-race a fortnight ago when Almoonqith was fatally injured in a fall shortly past the winning post.
Big Duke opened favourite at $3.40 with CrownBet on Wednesday, shortly followed by Penglai Pavilion at $5 and Polarisation at $6.
Glen Boss winning on Countofmontecristo at Kranji, picture Singapore Turf Club