Australia: McEvoy revels in second Melbourne Cup win
Kerrin McEvoy (centre) with connections of Almandin
PICTURE: Getty Images McEvoy revels in second Melbourne Cup success By Mark Scully in Melbourne 3:41PM 2 NOV 2016
Australia: If Kerrin McEvoy felt like a king as he crossed the line victorious aboard Almandin on Tuesday, it was nothing compared to what his son Jake was feeling as he watched on from his classroom.
As McEvoy's wife Kathy, heavily pregnant with the couple's fourth child, dropped Jake off at school on Tuesday morning, the six-year-old asked: "Do you reckon any of the other kids' dads are riding in the Melbourne Cup?"
The answer, of course, was no and Jake was later able to revel in the fact his dad had just won his country's most famous race, something that made the win extra special for McEvoy.
The 36-year-old's first Melbourne Cup success came 16 long years ago and McEvoy admitted he had not appreciated the gravity of the victory aboard Brew back in 2000.
'A different era'
"It's a different era for me, the first win feels like a lifetime ago," he said. "I'm a father now, so my whole family is involved. The race has grown in stature too and this year's was a great renewal.
"When I was younger, I was a bit spoiled because it was my first ride in the race and I didn't really know what I'd achieved. This time, I really did enjoy it. I'm never one to get too flustered but the emotions were running hot when I was able to get it done.
"They had the sweepstakes in Jake's class and the kids all watched the race on the TV at the end of the school day, so it feels great that my kids are beginning to recognise what I've achieved and be a part of it."
Jake's day was perfect and so was the race for his dad, with Almandin not putting a foot wrong all afternoon. The German import floated to post and had a dream passage around Flemington before showing tremendous determination to hold off the gallant Heartbreak City.
McEvoy said owner Lloyd Williams, for whom this was a record-breaking fifth win in the race, had told him to ride the race as he saw it, rather than burden him with pre-race instructions and added that the breakneck early pace had been perfect for his charge.
"The horse travelled so well for me all the way and I was able to slot on the back of the Magic Man [Joao Moreira on Heartbreak City] and follow him," McEvoy recalled. "I was three wide from the mile onwards and I knew my horse was enjoying the strong tempo.
"At the top of the lane, I knew I was in for a battle because I knew Joao and I had both had a good run. I knew it was between me and him and I thought I was in trouble at the 300 metres but my horse was so brave and willing and at the 100 I knew I had him beaten."
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