Treweeks' ride to the big one
FROM riding bush horses at Coffs Harbour races to the insane joy of possibly leading in a Melbourne Cup winner.
The wheels of fortune will have spun crazily for heavyweight jockey Shane Treweek should Illustrious Blue win today’s 150th Melbourne Cup.
Treweek rode his last Coffs winner earlier this year when Kid Sundae saluted and with weight problems making life intolerable, he was about to retire from the saddle before taking an overseas holiday and beginning a new career as a trainer.
But in an unexpected twist of fate, the call came out of the blue to take over as ‘head lad’ and travelling foreman for
English trainer William Knight who was bringing quality European stayer Illustrious Blue Downunder for an attempt on the great race.
“I didn’t have to be asked twice,” he said with a laugh from trackwork this week.
Today, Treweek will take charge of the horse as the field parades for the Cup and if he wins, attach the bridle for that historic walk back through the roses to the mounting yard.