RUN FOR THE MONEY
You don’t want to be using too much energy or get too far back but you try to position your horse where it is comfortable. The temptation is there to press the button. You have got to hold your nerve and move into the race gradually. When I won my second Melbourne Cup, it had been 16 years between wins and you get an appreciation of what is required to win this race and the effort you need to put in. If you haven’t found a position by the first turn then you are in trouble. If your horse hasn’t settled well and the pace slackens, then you’re going to find it very hard to win. You will know if you are going to win or be in the finish when you get to the clocktower. You need to be full of momentum and with clear running. The race tempo is starting to pick up here and you want to be able to maintain rhythm but start to improve your position. It is important to have the momentum. and haven’t gone for a full effort, then you know you are going to be in the finish. Your confidence starts to soar if your horse is still on the bridle.
HOOP DREAMS : Kerrin McEvoy celebrates his 2016 Cup win on Almandin.