Michelle Payne has become the first woman to win the famous Melbourne Cup in its 155 year history.
She was the only female jockey in the line up of 24 horses today and she rode the Darren Weir-trained horse to victory. After the race she said her sister had a strong feeling she was going to win today.
“This is everybody’s dream who’s a jockey in Australia,” Payne said after the race. “There’s an interview of me when I was at school when I was seven and I said I was going to win the Melbourne Cup.”
Payne’s win is a historic moment, in an historic event’s rich history.
In 1987, a Kiwi jockey Maree Lyndon was the first woman to ride in the race that stopped the nation and she came second last on Argonaut Style. The first Australian female jockey to get a shot was South Australian Clare Lindop who rode Debben in 2003, unplaced.
Watch the final moments of the race here:
The 27-year-old said she was incredibly grateful to Weir for his ongoing support in what she described as an extremely “chauvinistic sport”.
“I never thought I could win in such a chauvinistic sport. Everyone else can get stuffed because they think women aren’t strong enough.”