He was on early favourite Victorem, which lost top billing to the heavily backed Don't Give A Damn and then lost his wheels in the Randwick wet. And that's the only reason Hyeronimus jumped on Belflyer, the Ramornie Handicap runner-up.
Belflyer was one of the last horses picked up by one of the 12 slot-holders, drawn out from a raffle to scramble and pick up the best NSW bush-based horses.
Thad King, whose mates bought about $100 worth of tickets, brokered the deal to partner up with Shelton and Belflyer, which came with a burst down the middle of the track to beat Suncraze ($15) and Awesome Pluck ($9).
He joined with his mates and sealed the agreement on one condition: They could be lodged in the ownership of the horse going forward.
Asked whether he had a house, King said: "No, but that's going to go a long way to getting me a deposit.