Meet 1% Pete, the V/Line station master with a runner in the $3m BMW Caulfield Cup.
That’s Peter French. His Thursday was turned upside down when he found the horse he owns one per cent of – De Little Engine – had made the field with Fanatic’s scratching.
French is a De Little Engine fanatic (no pun intended) having travelled wide and far to see all of the horses’ 36 starts, mostly by train, and has his pink tie and horse caps ready for Cup day.
“Mate, I’m that excited, I’ve been telling my mates at work how many more sleeps to the Cup. Now we are in it I don’t know if I’ll be able to survive,” French said from Southern Cross Station.
Luckily he has been rostered off Saturday, but if the unexpected happens, he’ll have to negotiate trading the Sunday arvo shift.
“Imagine that, I can’t control myself now, I reckon getting into the Cup would kill me."
He’s 1% Pete because his Riddles Creek neighbour Jeff Dimery gifted him, as well his brother Lance, their shares in De Little Engine. Mind you Dimery also gifted workmates Rodney Conolan, David Goldsmith and Daniel McClelland 10%, but it’s 1% Pete that's the real story.
“Jeff and his family moved in a few years ago and we just hit if off. He’s a CEO and I’m just a battler but none of this would happen without Jeff. We are absolutely living the dream, I’m just blessed to have such a champion neighbour,” French said.
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