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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.

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