Shepherd King (far left), on return to scale, 1916 Caulfield Cup.
Ridden by Bobby Lewis, SHEPHERD KING came from last mid-race to win the 1916 Caulfield Cup (in track record time) as 11/2 second favourite. Shepherd King had been purchased (as a Maiden) by Australian jockey Frank Bullock after his 4yo season in England. Unplaced in the 1914 English Derby, the horse was labelled ‘faint-hearted”.
As a 5yo in Australia, Shepherd King started 4 times, and as a 6yo had 4 lead-up races into the 1916 Caulfield Cup. The stallion, trained by Charles Wheeler, suddenly came good when stepped up in trip in his final two prep races, the Caulfield & Eclipse Stakes. As 9/2 favourite in the subsequent Melbourne Cup, Shepherd King (under a 10 pound penalty) finished second to Sasanof.