James Bowen has secured the plum ride on leading Randox Grand National contender Secret Reprieve.
The 20-year-old was called up for the role as the chaser's regular jockey Adam Wedge is out injured.
Bowen, set for his third Aintree appearance on April 10, has already won Chepstow's Welsh Grand National Trial on his big race mount.
Wedge was on board when he took the rescheduled National at the same venue in January.
Bowen said: “Evan rang me and asked if I could do the weight (10st 1lb).
"There was butterflies in my stomach when I got the phone call.
"It’s very exciting and a massive confidence booster that both the owners and trainer have the confidence in you to ride a horse like that in a race like this.
"I’m very much looking forward to it and I must thank William and Angela Rucker (owners) for giving me the ride.
“This will be my third ride as I pulled up on Shantou Flyer in 2018 and finished ninth on Outlander in 2019. They were both outsiders so he is definitely my best chance of winning it and this is probably his year to have a go.
“Everyone who wins the Grand National is known as a Grand National-winning jockey afterwards. It would not just make my year, but it would make my life.”
Secret Reprieve (14-1) needs a few more horses to come out to make the line-up, which features strong ante-post favourite Cloth Cap.
“You could not really pick any negatives in him," Bowen added.
"He did fall at Haydock but if you watch that race back he was a bit keen and fresh.
"The time I rode him, which was next time out he seemed like he had learned a lot and I think that fall might have been the making of him as he has jumped flawlessly ever since.
“I think the good to soft ground at Aintree should suit him but I think he is pretty versatile ground wise.
"He has had a nice break since the Welsh National and he should have a very good chance at Aintree as this is only his fourth run of the season and he is going there fit and fresh.”
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