Mitchell Pateman is not the first man to ride his first winner as a trainer. In 1970, an Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee was aboard the first of his more than 5,000 victors, and he is still going strong 50 seasons later.
Mitchell Pateman became the first man in the modern era to ride a galloper which he trains to win a Western Australian thoroughbred race when Speeding Comet won the Mayoral Cup at Kalgoorlie on his first start in tandem with his trainer.
Jamie Kah became Australia’s most successful female jockey in Group One races when her brilliant ride of Vega One resulted in them combining to win the TAB Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm and head a Tony Gollan-trained quinella.
Steven Parnham is odds on to lose his status as the Parnham family’s winningmost jockey on the day the Group One-winning rider resumes his injury-interrupted season and reunites with the 2019 Kingston Town Classic heroine, Kay Cee.
Reconciliation Australia organises National Reconciliation Week, which begins today, and there is a direct link between the not-for-profit organisation and the 1973 edition of the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.