IRISH champion jockey Mick Kinane is standing by to ride either the mighty River Verdon or Chairman's Prize hero Red Ruffian in the Remy XO Cup at the end of the month. Trainer David Hill has offered Kinane the ride on whichever horse stable jockey Basil Marcus declines. And from Ireland last night, Kinane said: ''I am pleased to get the offer to ride an obviously top-flight Hong Kong horse - whichever one it is. ''I have told David Hill that I will be glad to take the ride as long as David [Oughton] doesn't have a runner that I have to ride. ''I have kept abreast of Hong Kong racing and I know what a good win it was for Red Ruffian in the Chairman's Prize,'' added Kinane. Champion jockey Marcus would almost certainly have to stick with River Verdon in the important sponsored race - even though Red Ruffian would seem to have the better chance over 1,200 metres. Hill said: ''River Verdon ran a great trial on Tuesday and we are all delighted with him. But Red Ruffian is a top-class ride, he has done well and his run last week was very good. ''I have put the offer to Mick and that seems fine. He'll be here next week anyway.'' Kinane, who set a new Irish record in a blaze of publicity last weekend, remains hungry for winners and has two race days left. He rode at the provincial course of Mallow yesterday and wraps up his Irish season at The Curragh on Saturday. There is growing interest in the Irish champion's Melbourne Cup mount, Vintage Crop. The Irish St Leger winner leaves for Australia on Monday and his price is shortening for Australia's greatest race. Kinane will leave for Melbourne after the October 31 meeting here and will be riding in the country for the first time.