Michelle Payne becomes first female jockey to win Melbourne Cup

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  • The 30-year-old Australian Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Australia’s most prestigious horse race Melbourne Cup 2015 worth 6.2 million dollars.
  • Payne is the 4th female jockey to ride in the Cup during its 155-year history which is renowned as Australia’s richest and most prestigious horse race.
  • Payne achieved this feat after she rode Prince Of Penzance, from Weir's stables at Wangoom near Warrnambool, which is one of the longest priced winners in the 155-year history of the Melbourne Cup.
  • Her victory was an response to the "chauvinists" who doubt the ability of women to compete alongside men as horse racing has been male-dominated sport since it's inception.

About Michelle Payne

  • Michelle Payne was born on  29 September 1985. 
  • She dreamt of being a winning jockey as a child, and, aged seven, told friends she would one day win the Melbourne Cup.
  • She won in her first race at Ballarat aboard horse named Reigning (a horse trained by her father) 
  • In March 2004, Payne fell heavily at a race in Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne, fracturing her skull and bruising her brain.
  • Payne won her first Group One race, the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse aboard Allez Wonder on 10 October 2009.Payne was the third female jockey to ride in the Caulfield Cup.
  • In 2010 Payne rode Yosei to victory in the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield

Facts about Melbourne Cup :-

  • The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia's most prestigious Thoroughbred horse races.
  • It is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races.
  • It is Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, the event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November.
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