Want to know the price to be paid just to have a shot at that potentially life-changing three-and-a-bit minutes?
A fruit smoothie and piece of fish should do the trick. That's Tommy Berry's station for 24 hours. Day in and day out just so he can jump aboard Tres Blue, a featherweight sandwiched in between international racing's heavy hitters lining up for their shot at the Melbourne Cup.
Berry's recommended rations have come at the urgings of serial jockey room joker Chris Symons, whose serious side is paying off before the most serious race of all.
The scraps Berry has been living on - both literally and in the riding sense some would argue - have him back among the big boys for Cup crack version 2.0.
"I eat a lot of fruit and make a big smoothie in the morning and I pretty much just go on that smoothie all day," said Berry, who has shaved more than three-and-a-half kilograms off his frame to satisfy Tres Blue's 51kg impost.
"It's got a lot of vitamins in it and lots of fluids so you don't have to drink too much.
"That pretty much lasts me all day and then I might have some fish of a night.
"Usually when you're wasting to get ready to ride 54 [kilograms] on the weekend, you always break your diet. When you've got a Melbourne Cup ride you stick to it pretty strict."
Younger by 14 minutes than jockey twin Nathan, Gai Waterhouse's newly-minted No 1 rider has the proverbial blinkers on at the moment.
Shunned for the ride on last year's Caulfield Cup favourite Glencadam Gold, Berry slowed the speed to a crawl on the import in his subsequent Melbourne Cup sixth, single-handedly devastating the backmarkers' Cup dreams. Job done.
Fast forward 12 months and again Berry was the victim of Waterhouse's cruel-to-be-kind nurturing, missing out on the Cox Plate ride on Fiorente.
Overlooked for Blake Shinn after Nash Rawiller's replacement Damien Oliver (suspension) was forced to forfeit the ride, Berry will now partner the baby in the Cup field, French import Tres Blue, at Flemington.
"I said last year it wouldn't be the first and it won't be the last [time I get overlooked for a ride] and it happened again this year," Berry said. "I copped it on the chin really well and I got supported with a Melbourne Cup ride.
"It's funny how things work. You can never get filthy or sour on the game. When you do get a knock-back, you've just got to think about ways in which you can improve yourself so it doesn't happen again or what's around the corner so you're only looking forward."
But to the outsider it's extremely hard not to look back on Berry's past year, which had him rack up Group 1s in separate countries within the space of 24 hours.
First it was the Golden Slipper on Overreach for Waterhouse, then Military Attack in a Hong Kong major on his first day of riding in the Asian racing mecca.
That short-term contract cruelled any chance he had of pressing for a maiden Sydney jockey title, but he's since assumed No.1 duties at Tulloch Lodge as a wedge appeared between Waterhouse and Rawiller.
"I feel more ready now and you thrive on the big races and winning the big races," said Berry, whose Group 1 tally rests on five. It makes a big difference being able to handle the pressure and I've come a long way in the last 12 months."
His only question now is how far has the pint-sized Tres Blue come?
Another fly-in Waterhouse galloper going around at big odds, the three-year-old in northern hemisphere time is attempting to emulate last year's heroics of Fiorente, who has top billing tomorrow.
"After riding in it last year and running sixth, it was probably one of the highlights of my career," Berry said. "And to get the ride on him - he's probably a live chance and a better one than Glencadam Gold last year - it gives me a lot of confidence.
"She's following the exact same pattern she did with Fiorente and he's coping just as well. She's got a handle on getting them ready for the Cup ..."
Waterhouse added: "Whatever we get on Tuesday he will be much better in a year's time."