Life As I Know It by Michelle PayneThe extraordinary story of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup
Michelle Payne rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. She and her 100-to-1 local horse Prince of Penzance took the international racing world by surprise, but hers was no overnight success story. Michelle was first put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to ride in the Melbourne Cup and win it. By seven she was doing track work. All of the ten Payne children learned to ride racehorses but Michelle has stayed the distance. She has ridden the miles, done the dawn training, fallen badly and each time got back on the horse. So when she declared that anyone who said women couldnt compete in the industry could get stuffed, the nation stood up and cheered.
Michelle has the audacity to believe she can succeed against all the odds. Her story is about hope triumphing over adversity, and how resilience and character made a winner.
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It is just three years since Prince Of Penzance produced one of the greatest Melbourne Cup m upsets of all time. The Darren Weir -trained galloper created history in by joining three others in becoming the longest-priced winners in the race that stops the nation. Just how did a horse at such massive odds score in the two-mile classic? Without taking anything away from the winner, he did benefit from the slow pace in the race, while the condition of the track may also have played into his hands. Those that recall Derby Day from that year would remember the massive 'fast lane' on the rail that led to a lot of criticism and plenty of upset results. Prince Of Penzance drew barrier 1 in the Cup and while he wasn't hard pressed on the rail in the straight, he did seem to be in the better going. Max Dynamite 2nd , Criterion 3rd and Quest For More 9th were among some of the unlucky runners, while Trip To Paris 4th , The United States 14th , Hartnell 15th are among some of those that would have benefitted from a better tempo.
I galloped him every gallop he had His condition has since stabilised and he is reportedly out of danger. All eyes were on Payne who had to show her talents time after time on the six-year-old gelding just to prevent some of the owners dumping her from the Cup ride for a more experienced and famous male hoop.
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Michelle Payne first female jockey to win Melbourne Cup aboard Prince of Penzance
The Melbourne Cup is steeped in history having been first run in and won by Archer, who then won again in the edition. Lee Freedman trained her to her other to the other two. Lee Freedman and Etienne de Mestre are next best with five wins each. Kingston Rule, the winner for Bart Cummings, holds the record for the quickest winning time Have you backed the favourite in the Melbourne Cup and want to know how you can watch the big race?