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Prince of Penzance wins the 2015 Melbourne Cup

The Age The Age 3/11/2015
Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne wins the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day. © Tracey Nearmy/AAP Image Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne wins the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day.

Michelle Payne became the first ever woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when she pulled off a 100-1 shock to win 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, has 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."

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.


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