Chris Parnham will become one of the youngest jockeys to win the $500,000 Perth Cup (2400m) if he causes a boilover on Moonlight Bay at Ascot tomorrow.
Parnham, 16, is excited to make his Perth Cup debut as he strives to join a long list of junior riders to win the famous race.
Four apprentices have won the Perth Cup in the past 21 years - Peter Knuckey on Field Officer in 1993, Neil Chapman on Cardinal Colours in 2002, William Pike on Crown Prosecutor in 2005 and Kyra Yuill on Western Jewel two years ago.
Jim Miller was the youngest to win the race, guiding Au Fait to victory as a 15-year-old in 1926.
Parnham's great uncle, Eric Parnham, also won the cup as an apprentice on Ragtime in 1941.
The winning horses ridden by Knuckey, Pike and Yuill were raced by leading breeders Bob and Sandra Peters, who have given Parnham a golden opportunity on Moonlight Bay.
Bob Peters identifies talented apprentices early in their careers and Parnham is no exception.
Parnham's hot start to his career last season helped him become the Peters' No.2 rider behind Pike.
"It's pretty good to have a ride in the race," Parnham said.
"I'm in a pretty good position behind William. When he can't ride them I generally get the rides."
Parnham concedes he will need luck to win the cup on Moonlight Bay, who is rated a $31 outsider with the TAB.
Moonlight Bay gave the young apprentice his first feature win last month when they took out the Ascot Gold Cup (1800m).
The six-year-old mare finished down the track in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and CB Cox Stakes (2100m) but is suited to the cup's handicap conditions, dropping 2.5kg.
Moonlight Bay has been a consistent campaigner with feature wins in the Pinjarra Cup (2300m), Tattersall's Cup (2100m) and St Leger (2100m).
"She's been pretty good to me. I won my first Listed race on her," Parnham said.
"She should be suited close to the minimum weight after her last few starts were at weight-for-age. We'll see how she goes."
Parnham will take on his two jockey brothers, Steven and Brad, in the cup.
Steven rides Ask Me Nicely and Brad is on God Has Spoken, who is trained by the trio's father, Neville.
Brad won the cup on Guest Wing three years ago.
Chris Parnham's solid book of rides tomorrow includes Antelpen (race two), Miss Bux (four), Mendicity (five) and Western Blaze (nine).