Golden Slipper 2017: Cessnock trio living the dream with She Will Reign

VICTORY: Jockey Ben Melham celebrates after She Will Reign's win in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Picture: Getty Images
VICTORY: Jockey Ben Melham celebrates after She Will Reign's win in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill. Picture: Getty Images

THREE Cessnock men who hoped to have a horse good enough to race on their local tracks lived the Golden Slipper dream when She Will Reign won at Rosehill on Saturday.

Podiatrist Matthew Evans, 33, is one of 19 people or syndicates in the ownership of the Gary Portelli-trained Darby Racing filly, which cost $20,000 and had won $515,650 in four starts before collecting the $2 million winners cheque on Saturday.

LIVING THE DREAM: Nick and Matthew Evans, and John Robertson are part owners of She Will Reign.

LIVING THE DREAM: Nick and Matthew Evans, and John Robertson are part owners of She Will Reign.

Evans, his younger brother, Nick, and their friend, John Robertson, paid about $2300 between them for a five per cent share of She Will Reign, which was a $4.40 favourite for the Slipper.

It is the first venture into ownership for Matthew Evans and Robertson, who works in the mining industry along with Nick.

“We would have been happy if it raced at just Cessnock, or Taree or Newcastle,” Matthew said. “We never even dreamt of going to Sydney, let alone the Slipper. It’s been fantastic.

“We hit it lucky.