Jockey Daniel Staeck is likely to appeal a careless riding suspension in a bid to ride in the $500,000 Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on January 1.
Staeck, suspended for 13 days on Saturday, has the choice of rides between equal favourite Kincaple and the in-form Knightlike in the Group 2 feature.
The TAB slashed Kincaple's quote from $13 to $6 for the cup after his gallant second, beaten a long neck, to Ihtsahymn in Saturday's CB Cox Stakes (2100m).
He shares favouritism with Black Tycoon, who ran an eye-catching fourth in the Cox Stakes.
Knightlike is an $8 chance after a strong win in the GA Towton Cup (2200m) and close second to Pop Culture in last Wednesday's ATA Handicap (2200m).
Stewards charged Staeck with careless riding for shifting inwards on Doubt You Catch Me, causing interference to Passion Cantata and Darlington Abbey in the Starstruck Classic (1600m).
Staeck pleaded not guilty.
"The nine-day deferral doesn't take him through to that day (January 1)," chief steward Brad Lewis said.
"He said he would consider an appeal and the hearing would need to be done quickly with the cup coming up."
Staeck could also have the option of applying for a stay of proceedings with the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal, pending the hearing of an appeal.
"I hope Dan can ride him because he knows him so well," Kincaple's trainer Mike Reed said.
Kincaple's impressive performance in the Cox Stakes was the result of a change of routine since he suffered a minor viral infection last month.
The setback forced him to miss the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), but regular trips to the beach helped him bounce back quickly.
"He's pulled up a treat. He didn't leave an oat overnight," Reed said.
Mr Moet was ruled out of the Perth Cup after running sixth in the Cox Stakes. Trainer Adam Durrant said the Group 1 winner would be spelled.
Durrant also ruled out a Perth Cup start for Crumpet O'Reilly, despite the promising galloper's win in Saturday's St Leger (2100m).
Ihtsahymn will be spelled after landing a hat-trick of feature wins. The star three-year-old is likely to resume in the $100,000 Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) in March en route to the $400,000 WATC Derby (2400m) in April.