Leading Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller will replace the injured Jim Byrne on Kavak in the MM 2YO.
In-form jockey Nash Rawiller will get a chance to avenge one of the most controversial incidents in Magic Millions history when he rides Kavak in the 2YO Classic.
Kavak has a win and two seconds from three starts with Jim Byrne his regular jockey.
With Byrne out indefinitely with a broken leg, Kavak’s trainer Chris Munce was eager to get an elite replacement as soon as possible.
“Nash is one of the best in the business and to get him is a real boost,” Munce said.
“Of course it also gives him a chance to make up for losing the Millions on protest a few years back.”
Rawiller, who leads the Sydney premiership, rode No Looking Back who was first over the line in the 2012 Magic Millions 2YO Classic but lost on protest to Driefontein.
Both horses were trained by Gai Waterhouse and at the time there was some debate about the protest result.
Kavak is safely in the Classic at No 13 and Munce believes with a good barrier he will be hard to beat.
Former jockey Munce would dearly love to become the first to train and ride the winners of the Magic Millions Classic.
He won the race three times on Sunblazer (1989), Excellerator (2001) and Dance Hero (2004).
Munce should have won it four times as he was booked for 1994 winner Brave Warrior but surrendered the ride to Neil Williams after a fall in an earlier race.
Brave Warrior’s win was still a Munce family victory as his wife Cathy had a share in him.