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1. Michelle Payne’s call from the Prime Minister.
After making history yesterday the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup Michelle Payne has received a phone call from the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Michelle Payne has said that Mr Turnbull told her that her win was “great for females”.
Payne rode the 100-1 outsider to victory at Flemington yesterday to the delight of the nation. An ecstatic Payne celebrated with Ballarat family and friends last night before retiring early as she is riding again today at 4pm.
Her hometown of Ballarat has announced it is planning a welcome parade to celebrate her, her brother Stevie and trainer Danny Weir.
Meanwhile Michelle Payne’s father, Paddy Payne has said that he was confident a female would win the cup in his lifetime.
“I thought it’s a certainty that a girl is going to win a Melbourne Cup but I didn’t think it would be one of mine.” he told The Courier.
The 79-year old who has been involved in horse racing since he was 16, suggested that on the back of this magnificent win maybe now it was time for his daughter to retire.
The father of 10, who lost his wife when Michelle was just six-months old told the ABC that he was extremely proud of his daughter but that it was time to give it away.
“I think she should give it away now, she’s 30 years old, she’s been doing it for 15 years, I think it’s time for her to give it away.”
Payne has suggested that she will become a trainer from next year.
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