Obviously, you want to break well and on terms with the field. Then it’s all about assessing how quickly the field is going down the straight the first time before working out what my opposition is doing. I’m also aware of getting into a spot without expending too much energy. It’s the same scenario as any race – 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. found a position by the first turn then you’re in trouble. If you’re wide with no cover, it can be hard to get in.
If you have your horse switched off and relaxed, then this is a part of the race where you can try and have a little rest.
But if your horse hasn’t settled well and the pace slackens, then you’re going to find it very hard to win the race. to improve your position. It is important to have the momentum to start moving into the race.
You can easily get caught doing too much on the circle. You can have cover but still be working too hard. I’m always wary of not using my horse’s finish around the circle.
On Brew and Almandin, we were able to start moving into the race nicely without having to ask either horse for an effort. We were building momentum without me having to go for either horse.