It equates to a footballer playing at Wembley or a GAA player lining out at Croke Park. Or even an athlete running in the Olympics.
Riding in one of the big races at the Cheltenham Festival is the dream of all young jockeys.
And Sligo-born Steven Fox hopes to realise his boyhood ambition this week.
"If things work out, it will be my first ride at the famous Festival", he says.
"It's something I've dreamt about since I was a young boy.
"I remember the excitement of watching Cheltenham on television at home and wanting to be part of it.
"Now I have a chance of being involved this year and I'm really looking forward to it"
An apprentice at Lucinda Russell's stable outside Edinburgh, 18 years old Steven is due to ride Nuts n Bolts at the Festival.
The horse is entered in today's Festival Handicap Chase and the Kim Muir on Thursday.
Fox clearly gets on well with the horse - he rode him to victory in his last two races.
"This is a step up in class and he would be regarded as an outsider. But I would be hopeful of a big run", says Steven
Although this will be his first mount at the Festival, Steven has ridden at Cheltenham before.
He was on board Bescot Springs for Lucinda Russell at the November 2011 meeting.
"We were going fairly well but came down at the last" , the young jockey recalls.
"Hopefully, I will have a better experience this time around"
A native of Sligo town, Steven hails from a well known family in horse racing circles.
His uncle, Mark McNiff, trains locally, another uncle, Luke McNiff is a jockey with the David Barron yard in England, and his cousin, Derek Fox, rides in Ireland.
"Horses were always part of growing up", he explains.
"My early introduction to the sport was in pony racing in Ireland. I rode 37winners and that gave me the ambition to be a professional jockey"
He got a summer job with Welsh trainer, Tim Vaughan, a few years ago and really liked being part and parcel of life at a big yard.
Then a job as an apprentice jockey at Lucinda Russell's Kinross base became available and he went for it.
Since moving to Scotland, he's ridden four point to point winners and seven under rules.
He's a 7lb claimer at present and that will come down to 5lb when he rides eleven more winners.
He'll graduate from the apprentice ranks when he rides 75 winners.
"It's a long way to go but I'm happy with the start I've made", says Steven
The life of a young amateur is tough and not very glamorous but the Sligo teenager isn't complaining.
He says: "A typical working day begins at 7.30am. We ride out in the morning and do yard work in the afternoons.
"We finish at about 4pm. On days when I am riding at the races, I ride out until 10am and then go to the track.
"It can be tough at times but I love it. I've settled in very well here and I'm getting plenty of opportunities to ride good horses"
One of the biggest thrills of his young career was riding a winner at Sligo Races.
That landmark achievement occurred in July 2011 when he rode the Noel Kelly trained Chestnut Kate to victory.
He recalls: "I only flew into Ireland on the morning of the race and I was really looking forward to riding at Sligo.
"To actually win the race was really special - it was a great feeling to win a race at my local track"
Now he's mixing in higher company, rubbing shoulders in the weighroom with some of his boyhood heroes.
"Tony McCoy was alway my hero", says Steven "So it was a great thrill to meet him and even better when I discovered what a great guy he is.
"I remember one time I was due to ride a horse for Lucinda Russell which had previously been trained by John Joe O'Neill.
"Tony had ridden the horse in the past and he told me all about him. He was willing to offer advice and encouragement to a young lad he hardly knew.
"I thought that said a lot about him and it's typical of the great friendship among jump jockeys"