Tye Angland has ridden in and won some of Australia’s biggest races, but will line up in only his second Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
The multiple group one winner will partner Ace High in the race that stops the nation.
He finished 11th on Opinion in 2014 and the 29-year-old is looking forward to having another crack at the Flemington feature.
“Obviously everyone tunes into this race and it is well publicised but it isn’t easy to get a ride in it,” Angland said.
“I’ve had a fair bit to do with the horse so it is good to come in with a good bunch of owners and hopefully we can run well.”
With the rise of international runners and the handicap conditions, it’s been hard for one of Australia’s most successful jockeys in recent years to get a start.
“The weights don’t really work with me and it is very dominated by overseas horses now so it is not easy but definitely exciting when you do get one,” he said.
But with Melbourne Cup rides so difficult to come by, it only makes the race more exciting for Angland.
Angland said his first ride was a huge buzz from parade and the lead into the cup to the race itself.
Ace High has already handed Angland one of his career highlights when the pair won the Victoria Derby last year.
The four-year-old is Ace High is currently a $61 chance coming off a disappointing 15th in the Caulfield Cup, but Angland expects a better showing this time around.
The Wantabadgery Wonder missed the race due to suspension, but has been pleased by Ace High’s track work since.
“I’ve galloped him since his Caulfield Cup run and to me just watching it looked like he never got around the track comfortably at all,” Angland said.
“It was his first time leading going the Victoria way on a tricky track so I think it is a forgive run as he’s galloped very well since.”
It’s Ace High’s first attempt at the 3200 metres, but with his Derby success last season and his pedigree, Angland has no doubts he can stay out the trip.
“I think he’s really improved with a bit of age and now that he’s four he’s bigger and stronger and will definitely run the trip,” he said.
“There is no problem there and we just need the right run from a tricky gate to see how strong he is at the finish.”
Ace High has drawn to start from barrier 22.
However Angland believes it could work in their favour with easing favourite Yucatan drawn to his immediate outside.
“It is wide but we have the favourite drawn next to us and hopefully he can help us get into a good strong position and maybe follow him the whole way,” he said.