Semi-retired from his working life, Sheppard relocated to Goondiwindi as he has family around the town, opting to be closer to them while also poking along with a few horses.
He has had horses much of his life, utilising the sand track at his new home to train his small team and putting them on the grass track once a week when it is open.
Gunsynd Park has come a long way in the last five years, club secretary Scheu says.
The club, the Queensland state government and Racing Queensland parented to improve their facilities, including the long awaited refurbished starting gates and other much needed freshen ups.
“Our grounds are amenities are excellent, we have an extremely good turf track that goes for 1600m,” Scheu said.
“There is new tie up stall that have recently been done, as well as a new running rail that was installed.
“On top of that, we have all the great facilities that the public need, as well.
“The track will be fantastic for Saturday; we had some rain over the last week that will make it perfect.”
Scheu has been involved with the Goondiwindi Race Club for over 30 years as well as being a bookmaker in the area.
He will be one of a handful of bookmakers who have a stand at the races this coming Saturday.
Being a border community, Goondiwindi also expect to have NSW-based horses, jockeys and trainers venture north later this week.
One of the more unique aspects of the thoroughbred industry in Goondiwindi is they have two different race clubs based out of the Gunsynd Park facility.
Goondiwindi Race Club races five times a year, including this Saturday, while the Goondiwindi and McIntyre Picnic Race Club host an annual meeting, to be held on Saturday April 10 this year.
Tickets for the Goondiwindi and McIntyre Picnic Race Club are usually hot property and are snapped up quickly.
“The Goondiwindi Picnic Races has been a tradition for over 50 years and has grown remarkably over the years to now be recognised as Goondiwindi’s biggest social event,” the club says.
“The committee is made up of a group of young-ish people that are dedicated to creating a fun day out for all.”
The two different entities share facilities and help each other when needed, Scheu says.
“We have a good working relationship,” Scheu said.
Regardless of which of the two clubs is hosting the race day, local trainer Fred Carter, who will start Zaragigi this Saturday, believes the racing will be excellent.
“It is a beautiful track, the boys have done a good job getting it right with the working bee recently,” Carter said.
Carter previously had as many as five horses in work but only has a couple these days after scaling back in recent years.
While champion racehorse Gunsynd will always be synonymous with Goondiwindi, Murphy's Blu Boy also produced a remarkable career from the town.
Murphy's Blu Boy won his first three career starts around south-east Queensland – all by five lengths or more.
In 2003, he claimed the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview before running second in the Prelude a few weeks later.
He would finish up later the next year with a career record of five wins from 11 starts, his career cut short by injury, eventually ending up at stud as another success story out of Goondiwindi.