The situation two furlongs from the end of this year's Irish 2000 Guineas might have been expressly designed to symbolise the size of the task facing Ger Lyons in his battle to join racing's elite.
Bidding to justify his favourite status, Siskin finds himself trapped on the rails, hemmed in by a quartet of Aidan O'Brien horses while another couple of the world's greatest trainer's charges prepare to pounce on the outside.
For a moment the situation seems impossible.But only for a moment.
Jockey Colin Keane somehow contrives to find a gap and Siskin accelerates gloriously away to win by a length and three-quarters with O'Brien horses second, third and fourth. Lyons' subsequent interview was perhaps the most memorable I've seen this year, rivalling Jurgen Klopp's at Anfield on Thursday for sheer emotion.
You couldn't blame Lyons for being emotional. It had taken him 26 years to land his first Irish Classic. But it only took him another 36 days to win his second, Even So capturing last Saturday's Oaks at the Curragh.
On Wednesday there's the prospect of a bigger victory still with Siskin starting favourite for the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood where his opposition will include English 2000 Guineas winner Kameko, Mohaather whose imperious performance in the Summer Mile at Ascot may have been the best over the distance this year and the inevitable O'Brien challenger in last year's runner-up and double Royal Ascot Group One winner Circus Maximus. It should be one of the races of the year.
Lyons has made the journey to this kind of company the hard way. He "grew up across the road from the late Peter McCreery in Clane and my love of horses began from the moment I opened the curtains and watched the string of horses passing."
Helping out McCreery during his time off from school, his dream was to become "the next John Francome."
A promising career was cut short by a gruesome injury at Newcastle in 1989. Returning to Ireland, Lyons began training in Dunsany in 1994. Best known as a National Hunt trainer in those days, his biggest victory came with Big-And-Bold in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse in 2002.
Soon afterwards Lyons made the decision to concentrate on Flat training which he admits was seen as "mad" by trainers who didn't see how he could compete with, not just O'Brien, but the likes of Jim Bolger, Dermot Weld and John Oxx.
Yet by 2008 Lyons had topped both the 50 winner and €1,000,000 mark for the first time and three years later came a first ever Group One victory, in the Cheveley Park Stakes with Lightening Pearl at Newmarket.
The rise has been steady but not inexorable, it would be 2015 before he topped the €1m mark again.
But in the last 12 months things seem to have moved up another gear.
His first Irish Group One winner finally arrived when Siskin won the Phoenix Stakes last August and 15 days later Lyons landed the first ever £1m plus handicap on British soil, 16/1 shot Mustajeer winning the Ebor at York.
The reputation painstakingly carved out by two and a half decades of hard work and expertise has recently borne fruit with top owners bringing horses to Lyons. Siskin is a product of Sheikh Khalid Abdullah's famous Juddmonte stables while Even So comes from the Coolmore breeding operation which has provided O'Brien with the ammunition for his record-breaking feats.
The top level is still new territory for Lyons.
When he saddled Chiricahua in last month's Irish Derby it was his first runner in the race. It hasn't even been all plain sailing with the brilliant Siskin, who had to be withdrawn from the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last September after panicking in the stalls.
Lyons has got nothing easy. But now he's on the verge of great things.
"I'm old enough and mature enough to realise the importance of all this," he says, "We've earned our stripes."
Inspirational a figure though he is, Lyons didn't lick it off the stones. Last month he told The Meath Chronicle his most admired person was, "My mum. She reared eight kids and when she was finished rearing us, she ran a creche. In her 70s she got her degree from Maynooth. She achieved so much and did a good job on her eight children while being a scratch golfer."
Breeding matters, on and off the course.
Sunday Indo Sport