HISTORY has been made at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon, with Michelle Payne becoming the first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Prince Of Penzance galloped his way to victory, claiming the 155th Melbourne Cup title.
Payne finished ahead of Max Dynamite and Criterion for Ballarat trainer Darren Weir.
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“I can’t believe it, I actually had a really strong feeling I was going to win – but I said “oh, don’t be stupid”,” Payne said after the race.
“Unbelievable. It’s a dream come true.”
The 27-year-old continued her speech, revealing how grateful she was to Weir for his support in what she described as a chauvinistic sport.
“I never thought I could win in such a chauvinistic sport. I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off Prince, but I did everything I could to stay on him because I knew he had what it took to win the Melbourne cup.
“So i just wanted to say that everyone else can get stuffed because they think women aren’t strong enough, but we just beat the world,” Payne said proudly, followed by a loud applause.
Thousands have taken to social media to share their congratulations.