Jockey Blake Shinn with English at Gai Waterhouse's Kensington  stables.Jockey Blake Shinn with English at Gai Waterhouse’s Kensington stables. Photo: Louise Kennerley

This story isn’t about life or death, but all the important things in between.

Blake Shinn has seen enough death and sickness in the past year to know how riding the unbeaten Gai Waterhouse-trained filly English in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday is really just about riding another horse, in another race, for another year.