Jockeys Shane Dye and Felix Coetzee are waiting for confirmation of leading mounts in two of Australia's major races, the HK$8.3 million W. S. Cox Plate and HK$7.8 million Caulfield Cup over the next two weekends. Dye has been reported in the Australian press as the new rider for three-year-old star Lonhro when he tackles Sunline in the Cox Plate on October 27, while Coetzee is in the running for the mount on New Zealand-trained King Keitel in the Caulfield Cup next Saturday. Lonhro, owned by Jack and Bob Ingham's huge Crown Lodge racing and breeding operation, is from the first season crop of Octagonal, which Dye rode in 1995 when he was the last three-year-old to win the Cox Plate. Yesterday, Lonhro (Darren Gauci) gave a stunning display to round up and dispatch an elite Caulfield Guineas field and has moved to a 5-1 third choice in ante-post betting on the race, but Gauci cannot make the colt's weight for age handicap of 48.5 kilograms (109 pounds). Dye, once the stable rider for Crown Lodge in Sydney, was recruited to ride Octagonal in 1995 due to the postage stamp weight the age group are allotted under the race conditions. 'I haven't spoken to Jack Ingham or to John Hawkes, but Lonhro has to be a leading chance in the race the way he won the Guineas and would be a great ride,' Dye said last night. 'I've had reporters calling me since I got home from Sha Tin telling me I'm riding the horse but at this stage nothing like that is confirmed. Of course, I would need a clearance from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to ride at Moonee Valley and I would need to be released from my rides at the Happy Valley meeting so there is quite a bit to happen before I would ride Lonhro even if I am asked.' Coetzee, who has never ridden in Australia, said that New Zealand-based Paul Jenkins, the trainer of King Keitel, had been in touch with him about riding that horse in the Caulfield Cup over 2,400 metres. The Group One winner of the Doomben Cup last May, King Keitel is in the top four in ante-post Cup betting at 6-1 and was left without a rider when Brian York switched to another runner. Coetzee met Jenkins' brother, Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Brian, in Hong Kong last year through a mutual South African acquaintance. 'They have been in contact with me about riding the horse and I said I'd be interested but they haven't been back to confirm anything,' Coetzee said. 'I'm hoping to hear something soon.' King Keitel was ridden by Craig Williams when he was only 13th yesterday in the Group One Toorak Handicap over 1,600 metres at Caulfield, but he reported the stayer had little luck in running after finding the distance too sharp. Coetzee is believed to have been on the preferred list for King Keitel, who is a forward-running type of stayer. The jockey showed he had few peers on that kind of horse with Turbojet's victory yesterday at Sha Tin. Coetzee stole the lead and the race when he dictated terms on the Tony Cruz-trained stayer in the eighth event over 1,800 metres.