Emotional win: Blake Shinn rode Fenway to victory in the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.Emotional win: Blake Shinn rode Fenway to victory in the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images

Racetrack whispers are the stuff of legend. How else do you explain Blake Shinn’s family knowing he had lost one of the most prized seats in Australian racing the day before the man himself  found out?

“We knew the night before, but we didn’t want to be the ones to tell him,” Shinn’s mother Carol Shinn said. “I didn’t want to put any pressure on him.

“We just kept telling him how good our horse was. We said, ‘you’ve just got to trust us, you’ve just got to trust us. We know how good this horse is’.”

That was while Shinn was in the back seat of a car, hitching a lift up the F3 to Newcastle for Cameron Handicap day.