New Zealand Bred Horse Wins Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne, the only female jockey of the race, has won the Melbourne Cup on New Zealand bred horse Prince of Penzance.

Payne was the first female jockey that ever won the Melbourne Cup in the race’s 155-year history.

“It’s like a dream come true, this horse is awesome,” said Payne.

“It’s such a chauvinistic sport, a lot of the owners wanted to kick me off. Everyone else can get stuffed [who] think women aren’t good enough.”

“From the 1000 [metres] everything just opened up. I got onto the back of Trip To Paris, he took me into the race. I was actually clipping his heels, I was going that good but I didn’t want to check him and then he just got into the straight and burst clear and it was unreal.”

Prince of Penzance had geared up for Tuesday’s race with a second-place finish in the Moonee Valley Cup.

The race favourite had been Japanese horse Fame Game ahead of Red Cadeaux’s stable-mate Trip to Paris, who finished fourth, and Preferment.

Article Source: The Guardian, Mike Hytner, November 3, 2015.

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