Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Our Men Back So You Think CUP IN A CANTER ON SO YOU THINK; Local Horse Men Go with Favourite

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Our Men Back So You Think CUP IN A CANTER ON SO YOU THINK; Local Horse Men Go with Favourite

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Expert tips

John Shelton

1. So You Think

2. Maluckyday

3. Precedence

Roughie: Shoot Out

Matthew Paget

1. So You Think

2. Shocking

3. Americain

Roughie: Mr Medici

IT is every jockey's dream a or trainer for that matter a to win a Melbourne Cup.

That one race in November that stops a country.

Any punter with even the slightest interest in horse racing joins the Melbourne Cup betting frenzy.

It is a race built on dreams, hard luck and triumph.

So how would one of Grafton's leading jockeys or trainers go about winning Australian horse racing's Holy Grail?

For a bit of fun the Daily Examiner asked prominent horse trainer John Shelton and jockey Matthew Paget, both pictured right, what tactics they would employ on the horse of their choice to win today's $6 million Cup.

The trainer

WITHOUT the slightest hesitation, Shelton nominated So You Think as the horse he would like to be the trainer of.

"So You Think without a doubt," Shelton said.

"It could be one of the best horses we've ever seen. He's right up there with the likes of Kingston Town."

As far as tactics go, Shelton said he wouldn't change a thing from So You Think's previous races.

"Just put him where he wants to be. He shouldn't find any trouble. Keep him the way he's been racing," he said.

Asked if the barrier draw, a possible wet track and the doubts over his ability to run the 3200m would be a problem for Australia's latest boom horse, Shelton said he had no concerns about the four-year-old's credentials.

"The barrier draw is ideal and they are saying it might be a Dead 5. It's the same surface they had on Saturday and he won very easily,a Shelton said.

So what makes a good stayer?

Shelton said he had never trained a horse over the two-mile (3200m) but said a fair idea could be gained watching them at track work. …

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