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Mitchell Pateman chases emotional Winterbottom Stakes win at Ascot with This’ll Testya

Mitchell Pateman grew up watching replays of his late father Michael’s famous Group 1 win with star sprinter Willougby over and over.

Now at the age of 27 and less than a year into his full-time training career, Mitchell is daring to dream of joining his dad on the Ascot Group 1 honour roll when he starts This’ll Testya in the $1.5 million Winterbottom Stakes.

Michael Pateman, a leading apprentice jockey in the 1970s and successful trainer in the 1990s, lost his long battle with cancer in 2013.

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Trainer Michael Pateman and his children Mitchell Pateman (3) and Jessica Pateman (1) with Zanaden.
Camera IconMichael Pateman and his children Mitchell and Jessica in 1999. Credit: MOGENS JOHANSEN/WA News

Just 18 at the time and in the early stages of fulfilling his childhood dream of being a jockey, Mitchell famously rode two days after his father’s death and saluted to the heavens after winning on Black Romeo at Belmont Park.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” Mitchell said.

“I think of him every day. I wish he was here to help me with my training, I miss him a lot.

“I was three when he won the Railway. I remember the photos on the wall and watching the replay about 1000 times.

“I always looked up to him and if I could be in the same class as him, as a Group 1-winning trainer, it would be a massive achievement.”

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