is an old saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and when four-year-old Matthew Patterson took the reins in the novice delivery class at the Melbourne Show, spectators said it was true.
With his father, Shane, beside him as back-up he confidently piloted a jinker round the course for second place.
Matthew’s grandfather, John “Patto” Patterson, is probably the best known horseman in Australia, as clerk of the course at the famous Flemington track, leading in countless Melbourne Cup winners.
“He’s mad keen,” said Shane Patterson, “and drives around the place at home. There were only two in the class and I knew John Mullenger (the other competitor) wouldn’t mind at all, so he drove.”