Prince of Penzance wins Cup

| November 5, 2015
Jockey Michelle Payne wins Melbourne Cup aboard Prince of Penzance

Jockey Michelle Payne wins Melbourne Cup aboard Prince of Penzance

Michelle Payne became the first ever woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when she won Australia’s greatest race aboard Prince of Penzance.

It has taken 155 years, but Payne, one of the youngest of the famous Payne racing family, galloped into history with a stunning performance aboard the Darren Weir trained gelding.

“It’s unbelievable. I lay in bed last night… it’s the kind of thing you dream about it. It’s a dream come true, this horse, what he’s been through,” she said as she pulled up.

“Darren Weir is an unbelievable trainer to get him here today. They got him here in the best shape today. This is awesome.

“When I won on this horse as a three year old I felt he was a Melbourne Cup horse. Far out, I didn’t think he would be that strong. He just burst to the front and he was powering to the line.”

Quaddie backers who like including long-priced runners were laughing to the bank.

In an extraordinary race Prince of Prince of Penzance saw off the late challenge of the Irish hurdler Max Dynamite, ridden by the European champion Frankie Dettori and trained by the Irish maestro Willie Mullins, with the highly weighted Criterion, partnered by Michael Walker for the David Hayes stable, in third position.

Ed Dunlop was hoping he would finally break his duck in Australia having had three second places in the Melbourne Cup with the ageless warrior Red Cadeaux.

“Red” was not involved in the finish, but Dunlop’s other contender, Trip To Paris, was a strong finishing fourth, showing that his second place in the Caulfield Cup was no fluke.

Weir has emerged in the past decade as one of Australia’s leading trainers, winning the Victorian metropolitan trainers premiership in the past two years.

He went close to winning a Melbourne Cup with She’s Archie when that mare ran second to the great Makybe Diva, but this success surely eclipses all that has come before for Weir.

For Payne she now becomes etched not just in racing immortality but in Australian sporting legend.

Weir was choked with the success: “It’s a lifetime dream come true, its an unbelievable thing to happen to anyone.”

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