Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Brett Prebble will take the reins of boom stayer Incentives after champion brace Glen Boss were ruled out due to complications getting into Victoria.
CEO Steve Tregea confirmed the move, saying Prebble will ride his former Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes horse in two weeks while building towards a Caulfield and Melbourne Cup campaign.
Tregea revealed that Jamie Kah’s name was raised in discussions, but was quickly ruled out after a breach of Covid-19 on Wednesday night when she was suspended.
“That was what I left it to (coach) Peter (Moody), and then we talked about it yesterday and decided on Brett,” Tregea said.
“We thought he wanted to be the man, we also talked about Jamie Kah, but of course she can not with what has happened.
“We would never have problems finding someone, it’s a matter of finding someone everyone wanted.
“I imagine he (Prebble) will keep going if he comes out and runs well.”
Brett Prebble will ride Melbourne and Caulfield Cup favorite Incentivize in the Makybe Diva Stakes. Image: Racing Photos via Getty Images
Incentivize is rated as the favorite for both the Melbourne Cup ($ 11) and the Caulfield Cup ($ 7) with TAB and is nominated for trial against Group 1 winners Explosive Jack and Sir Dragonet over 1190m at Cranbourne on Monday morning.
Prebble’s booking comes as he continues his resurgence in the jockeys’ ranks after finding his best form since returning to Australia from Hong Kong in late 2018.
He recently laid down his sensational form to new Sydney-based manager Liam Prior, who also leads Boss, Nash Rawiller and Michael Walker.
“He is not only good at my job, but he keeps me in a good headspace, which is important. He understands, ”Prebble said.
Prebble won the Melbourne Cup in 2012 aboard the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon in a hit-and-run mission from Hong Kong, but he has never won a Caulfield Cup.