Cup legend that modified Waller’s lifeDowndraft offers O’Brien mighty Cup hand He’s considered one of Australia’s best jockeys who without end shall be within the report books because the rider of Makybe Diva in her Melbourne Cup hat-trick from 2003-05.As Glen Boss takes racing by storm this spring, successful The TAB Everest, Golden Eagle and Epsom Handicap, he leads racing author Matt Jones via the 3200m to glory on November’s first Tuesday.MELBOURNE CUP BARRIER DRAW1. THE STARTIt’s a pleasant lengthy 1000m straight gallop till the horses go previous the successful put up for the primary time and hit that first bend. However Glen Boss stated it was a bit like the primary spherical of a golf match — you possibly can’t win it right here, however you possibly can actually lose it.“It’s in all probability the second-most essential a part of the race for me,” he stated. “It’s a future (to the primary flip) however quite a bit occurs and it comes up actually fast so your race might be received and misplaced rapidly. You’ve acquired to be decisive along with your strikes and commit come what may.”He stated he acquired his spot rapidly in very considered one of Makybe Diva’s three wins.“She was at all times fast out and I might drive her right into a spot and just about reverse park her, and she or he’d come off the bridle rapidly,” Boss stated.media_cameraThe begin is the second-most essential a part of the race, in keeping with Glen Boss. Image: Yuri Kouzmin2. TURN OUT OF THE STRAIGHT THE FIRST TIMEThis is the a part of the race the place a jockey has hopefully discovered the proper spot to settle within the run as they journey up one other lengthy, straight a part of the observe.It’s additionally the purpose the place they could know already if their race is over.“It’s all about getting your horse to fully calm down as a lot as potential whereas additionally assessing the pace,” Boss stated.Melbourne Cup: Every little thing you’ll want to knowMelbourne Cup: Your final type information“You’ve acquired the very best a part of 2000m nonetheless to go at this level. Should you’re pulling at this level, until you’re Would possibly And Energy, you’re in hassle as a result of that’s simply power that’s being expelled.“The pace at all times slackens off by right here and also you’re simply getting a really feel for the race and taking a look round to establish horses round you,” Boss stated.media_cameraJockeys will begin getting their horses rolling ahead on the 1400m mark.3. 1400m“At this level it’s similar to the 2000m half. You’re nonetheless attempting to be relaxed whereas being conscious of what’s beginning to occur,” Boss stated. “Some jockeys will begin to get their horses rolling as a result of they’re actual staying sorts.”And right here is the place the jockeys actually begin to attempt to outsmart one another.“You’ll be in search of horses that you simply don’t suppose are adequate and also you don’t need to be behind them as a result of they’ll be coming again,” Boss stated.“All of that is being calculated rapidly in your mind. That is the purpose the place you begin to get tactical as a result of the true stuff is about to start out.”4. HOME TURNBoss stated riders will know by now in the event that they’re on a successful likelihood as horses both enhance a bit of of their place or begin to go backwards.“The race actually begins a bit earlier than right here on the 800m. That is the purpose if you want rhythm and actually must be flowing,” Boss stated. “A examine at this level might be very expensive. You’re scanning the entire time.”And a fast query shall be requested by jockey to horses, with the rider in search of an encouraging response. “You’ll have a sense (if the horse is an opportunity) as a result of what occurs is that they begin to come up beneath you. If you ask for them, they’ll really feel that. It’s like revving a automobile up,” Boss stated. “At this level you’ll know in the event you’ve acquired one thing, then you definitely simply have to attend to push the button.”media_cameraGlen Boss received three Melbourne Cups on mighty stayer Makybe Diva.5. THE CLOCKTOWERThis landmark is about 180m from the successful put up and is historically regarded as a information for jockeys about to completely unleash their horse.Boss stated that may be true in shorter races, however not a 3200m Melbourne Cup.“It’s a little bit of a delusion, that previous saying of ‘don’t transfer till the clocktower’. Should you did that, you’d be pulled into the stewards’ room,” Boss stated. “It’s an previous wives’ story. We all know it’s there however we’re extra conscious of what’s happening round us.“Right here, you’re on a excessive and using on adrenaline at this level. You’re simply attempting to get essentially the most out of your horse.”6. THE FINISHThe method of all three of Boss’s cup wins on Makybe Diva have allowed him to soak within the event simply earlier than the put up every time.“As a jockey you need to win one, and it was an incredible feeling,” he stated. “Then in the second I used to be pondering, ‘that is going someplace we haven’t been earlier than’ after beating Vinnie Roe.“Once I received the third one on her, it was off the Richter scale. That is like successful a gold medal on the Olympics. It’s your complete life’s work and for a jockey it’s as huge as what we are saying. After the race, you‘re beginning to consider subsequent 12 months already.”media_cameraFor jockeys, successful the Melbourne Cup is like successful a gold medal on the Olympics.