THE START

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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.

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