MICHAEL Walker will ride Ballarat hope Tuscan Fire in Saturday's Caulfield Cup (2400m) after Racing Victoria stewards stood down regular jockey Luke Currie from this weekend's $2.5million feature.
Tuscan Fire's trainer Dan O'Sullivan told The Courier that connections had settled on Walker from a shortlist of about a dozen offers to replace Currie, who was banned from riding the seven-year-old after returning a positive urine sample to a prohibited dietary supplement (didesmethylsibutramine).
Currie was stood down from riding today as a result of the sample, which was given at the Geelong Synthetic meeting on September 27.
"(Michael) has ridden for me a little bit before but is a great rider and has been for a long time. There was quite a few offers around for us and we spoke to the owners and felt he would probably suit the horse," O'Sullivan said.
"I'm obviously disappointed for Luke. He's done nothing wrong on the horse and it's a big pay day to miss out on if everything goes right."
Tuscan Fire, who has drawn well in barrier two, is a $61 chance for Saturday's race with the TAB.