Having a connection to a runner in the Melbourne Cup is the dream for most people in the horse racing industry.
So Young locals Jack and Karen Sheather are in for the ride of their life today when Youngstar steps out on the turf at Flemington to contest the 2018 Melbourne Cup.
Youngstar was bred by the local couple at Bowness Stud and as a yearling she was sold, with both Jack and Karen retaining a share in the horse.
Incredibly, she’s the first horse the couple have ever bred, and it’s the first time they’ve attended a Melbourne Cup.
“This is my first Melbourne Cup. I’ve been to a lot of big races but my first time here. It would be great to bring the Melbourne Cup home,” Jack Sheather said.
“I’ve had an interest in horses all my life. I’ve always had an interest in racing but it’s hard to get into the industry. This is the first horse I’ve ever bred, I’ve owned horses before.
“John and Helen North [Bowness Stud] acquired the mare at the sales and knew I was keen on getting into the game and they knew I liked the Danehill line. We took the mare and foaled down Youngstar.
“I’m very grateful for John and Helen and the way they’ve promoted us, helped us learn and given myself guidance it’s been terrific.”
Jack said it’s been amazing to be part of Youngstar’s career and even more amazing to be part of the Melbourne Cup.
“Here we are at Melbourne, I can’t believe it, it’s all happened so fast. Even the Melbourne Cup parade today it was an incredible experience,” he said.
It would be great to bring the Melbourne Cup home.Jack Sheather.
“As long she runs well. She’s been a bit stiff this campaign. But she’s a great horse and she’s in the right form to make the presence felt.
“Craig Williams knows how to steer around Flemington. She’s drawn well. I think she’s got more going for her than she’s does going against her.”
Youngstar has made more than $700,000 in prizemoney from her four wins in 12 career starts.
Racing starts at 10.50am at Flemington.
The Melbourne Cup is set to jump at 3pm. Youngstar leaves gate eight.