Payne for Godolphin at Melbourne Cup

Sport360 staff 09:10 03/11/2015
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Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win Australia’s 154-year-old Melbourne Cup when she rode 100-1 outsider Prince of Penzance to victory at Flemington on Tuesday.

In a driving finish, Prince of Penzance powered home to hold off Ireland’s Max Dynamite with Criterion third for a shock win ahead of a star-studded field.

Dubai’s Godolphin missed out once again as it searched to end an 18-year wait for victory in Melbourne.

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The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum owned stable had two runners in the prestigious race, but neither Sky Hunter nor Hartnell could end the team’s droughts.

Riding in the famous blue silks of the UAE, Sky Hunter finished a disappointing second last in 22nd, while Hartnell crossed the line in 15th.

“Unbelievable, it’s like a dream come true. This horse is awesome,” Payne said moments after her historic win.

Payne and the locally trained Prince of Penzance upstaged an 11-strong international contingent trained by some of the greatest names in world racing.

The six-year-old gelding came into Australia’s biggest race without fanfare despite winning one of the lead-up races, the Moonee Valley Gold Cup, over a week ago.

Payne said she knew Prince Of Penzance, only the fourth horse to win the race as a 100-1 long shot, was going to challenge as they headed towards the home turn.

“From the 1,000 (metres) everything just opened up,” she said.

“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.”

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