Michelle Payne becomes first female jockey to win Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne has become the first female jockey to win Australia’s most prestigious horse race Melbourne Cup 2015 worth 6.2 million dollars.
Payne achieved this feat after she rode New Zealand-bred Prince of Penzance to a famous victory in the race.
She is also the 4th female jockey to ride in the Cup during its 155-year history which is dubbed as Australia’s richest and most prestigious horse race.

About Michelle Payne

  • Payne was born on 29 September 1985.
  • She had won in her first race at Ballarat aboard horse named Reigning.
  • Her first Group One race win was the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse aboard Allez Wonde in October 2009. She was the third female jockey to ride in this cup.
  • In 2010, she won the Thousand Guineas, aboard Yosei at Caulfield Racecourse.

About Melbourne Cup

The Cup is one of Australia’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse races. The race distancing about 3200 metres is conducted annually on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria by the Victoria Racing Club.



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