It took Brett Sheilds a few moments to realise he had won the Chase Your Dream promotion on Melbourne Cup night.
A carpenter by trade, Brett was one of eight people drawn and allocated a runner in Saturday night’s Sportsbet Melbourne Cup, and being the fifth person drawn, he was matched to number five Aussie Rocks.
Despite the fact he knew there were a number of cool prizes up for grabs, including a brand-new car, his allegiance was with another Cup runner, Mac’s Damage.
Sheilds, from Metung, is married to Christine, sister of Harley Whelan, who trains Mac’s Damage.
“To be honest, winning the car felt like a pipedream – even if Aussie Rocks had got up and won – so I was fully focussed on Mac’s Damage during the entire race,” he said.