Cross Counter could be one of the most inexperienced Melbourne Cup winners in the race's history given he has only had seven career starts and was unraced when Rekindling surged to victory last year.
Charlie Appleby's star missed a week of work with a setback at Werribee last month, but has shrugged off the complaint and has been well backed in Cup betting.
There's so many things that need to go right to come home first. That's what really struck home with me in those 16 years...
He could give McEvoy a second win in the race in the past three years after Almandin's success in 2016, capping a stunning run for the jockey who claimed the first two editions of The Everest with Redzel. Both wins were the biggest single purse for a jockey in Australian racing history at the time.
On the Melbourne Cup, McEvoy said: "You become a bit more aware of the enormity of it and how tough it is to win. There's so many things that need to go right to come home first. That's what really struck home with me in those 16 years between win one and win two.