After the race she said her sister had a strong feeling she was going to win … Like many women before her, before social media, the ones you never heard of who had to fight hard in a 'mans' world to do something they wanted or needed to do...this is about being brave. media_camera Michelle Payne … “I never thought I could win in such a chauvinistic sport. “It’s such a chauvinistic sport, a lot of the owners wanted to kick me off. “It’s probably going to be a bit sad to hang up the saddle so it would be a nice way to go out,” Payne told Fairfax Media on Sunday. Payne’s brother Stevie is the strapper, so the victory is a family’s celebration.

You don’t really get to party with your friends or anything like that, but I guess that’s a sacrifice I was prepared to make to follow my dream,” she told the Saturday Paper earlier this year. Payne had previously acknowledged the stigma her brother could face as someone with Down’s Syndrome and had spoke of her excitement at sharing the Melbourne Cup ride with him before the race. Everyone else can get stuffed [who] think women aren’t good enough,” she said in her post-race interview. Michelle Payne made all the headlines when she became the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup. If you're not already a Mamamia member, sign up (it's easy, we promise). It might just be a coincidence but Michelle Payne was wearing the colours of the Suffragettes as she rode her way into history. She thanked her entire family as she took to the podium and said she had “got the job done” for Stevie, who had drawn the crucial starting barrier number one for Prince of Penzance. “Racing is my passion and I’ve been able to have a good life anyway. That’s the way I’m looking at it. I am so glad I could get the job done for him,” she said. Michelle Payne has become the first woman to win the famous Melbourne Cup in its 155 year history. “I think it’s great for other people with Down’s Syndrome, to see how capable they can be in normal life,” she told the ABC. “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.”. Alike other professional Jockeys, Michelle is also able to earn an immense wealth from her racing career. It wasn't that long ago you'd have to give up your job if you were female and married.

In her acceptance speech she said Weir was the kind of trainer who rewarded hard work. She is the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup in its 155-year history and only the fourth female jockey to ride in the Cup. Her win sparked a flurry of congratulatory messages on social media: Please sign in to contribute to the Mamamia Community. Good on her. “So excited that I could get the job done for him today. Michelle Payne has been fined $1,000 for calling a horse owner a 'pig' on Twitter. Payne, who was only six months when her mother died, used her post-race interview to pay tribute to the trainer Darren Weir who had taken both her and her brother on and also to call out the “chauvinistic” culture of horse racing. Born into a racing-mad family near Ballarat in central Victoria, Payne told her school mates when she was young that she would win the Melbourne Cup and has been open about the sacrifice and commitment her horse riding career has taken. “Lastly, not least, I want to thank my family, my dad, brothers and sisters, especially Stevie, it was a dream to pick barrier one,” she said. A female jockey has won the Melbourne Cup for the first time, beating odds of 100-1 to tell people who doubted her ability to “get stuffed”. The [family] are all pretty happy to see my retire, but they’re very supportive at the same time.”. Some cultures take longer to evolve than others.... Im just so happy that a female has made waves at the Melbourne cup for her skill and grit rather than an ugly dress and stupid hat. “I’m not sure how long the transition [into training] period will be, but it will be something great to get into. I’ve been able to travel the world, so I’m not complaining.”. “I just kept turning up and working hard.” She also said she hopes her win will boost other talented female jockeys. Her cup win could possibly be her last ride with Payne foreshadowing retirement just two days before the race. Seven of her siblings have trained as jockeys and at one point her older sister advised Payne to leave jockeying behind as she was missing “the best years” of her life. Michelle Payne became the first woman ever to win the Melbourne Cup when she rode Prince of Penzance - with odds of more than $100-1. “I would like to thank all of the owners, John Richards specifically, I think he is the main man who kept me on Prince Of Penzance, maybe a few of them who wanted to take me off,” she said.

Michelle became the first female jockey on the local one-hundred-to – one horse, Prince of Penzance, trained by Darren Weir and strapped by her brother Stevie, to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015.

If the culture is supporting a gender exclusion outcome, then that's not choice. In March 2004, Payne fell heavily at a race in Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne, fracturing her skull and bruising her brain. The win was an extraordinary family story with the winning mount strapped by her brother, Stevie, who has Down’s Syndrome. She was the only female jockey in the line up of 24 horses today and she rode the Darren Weir-trained horse to victory. My mum didn't even have superannuation her whole working life. She was the only female jockey in the line up of 24 horses today and she rode the Darren Weir-trained horse to victory.

So far her total career earnings exceed over $10 millionwhich is quite impressive. Things have come a LONG way. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. These days women can claim half their man's superannuation if they spent their life as a homemaker raising children and not working. As a result of her prolonged recovery period—including a further fall where she fractured her wrist—Payne was granted a three-month extension to her apprenticeship to allow her time to ride out her claim.

Last modified on Wed 29 Nov 2017 08.05 GMT. Michelle Payne has become the first woman to win the famous Melbourne Cup in its 155 year history.

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