Michelle Payne Makes History As First Female Jockey To Win Melbourne Cup, On Board Prince Of Penzance
In the early hours of this morning, history was made at Flemington Racecourse, as Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She rode Prince Of Penzance and before the race, the horse was considered a complete outsider, starting at 100-1, however, Payne always felt as though the horse had a greater chance than the markets had thought.
Prince Of Penzance is trained by Darren Weir from Berriwillock and is a New Zealand bred, 6 year old, bay gelding. But despite the odds being stacked against him before yesterdays race, Prince Of Penzance has actually been one of the more consistent staying types in Victoria, over the past two seasons.
The Willie Mullins trained Max Dynamite was runner up in the race, and was closing in on the winner in the final furlong, but couldn't quite do enough to beat Prince Of Penzance, who won by just short of a length. Frankie Dettori, who was the jockey on Max Dynamite, was fined AUD$20,000 for "careless riding" and has been suspended from riding for a month.
Bondi Beach and Kingfisher, trained by Aiden O'Brien came in sixteenth and nineteenth place, respectfully, and Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux was unfortunately pulled up with a leg injury as he ran in the race for the fifth time of his career. Before the race, Japanese horse, Fame Game, was considered the favorite to win, but could only finish in thirteenth place. Trip To Paris was also fancied by the markets, but finished in a respectful fourth place.
After her historical victory, Michelle Payne, the youngest of ten siblings, made a strong case for female jockeys around the world, saying "It's a very male dominated sport and people think we [women] are not strong enough... but it's not all about strength" . After Payne's performance yesterday, this is sure to inspire women across racing to go on and add to the number of femaleMelbourne Cup winning jockeys.