THERE

Central and North Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP -

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.”

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