FOR a South African jockey, a ride in the Durban July is akin to running out at Wembley in an FA Cup final or walking onto centre court on the final day of Wimbledon.
Greyville racecourse is their arena and Saturday's race is the greatest prize in SA racing.
It took the great Michael Roberts 16 attempts before his dream came true and there are many champion jockeys of past and present that have yet to win a July - most notably Jeff Lloyd.
This year's July sees four of the 20 jockeys in the race getting their first mounts in the big one.
They are Derryl Daniels, Karis Teetan, Muzi Yeni and Brian Nyawo.
Daniels, who rides 66-1 shot London Guest, gets his first chance after 16 years of riding.
On the other end of the spectrum is young apprentice Karis Teetan, aboard 66-1 shot Cape Town, in just his third year of competitive riding.
Teetan hails from Mauritius and is currently leading the apprentice title race.
Muzi Yeni and Brian Nyawo have been friends for several years now and often stay over at each others places when taking rides far away from home.
Yeni rides 100-1 long shot Thundering Jet and Nyawo will be aboard the Champions Challenge winner and 16-1 shot, Smart Banker.
Who knows, maybe one of these guys will lead the rest of the pack home!