Prince of Penzance wins 2015 Melbourne Cup

Posted On November 03, 2015 , 6:53 AM Contador HarrisonPeriscope

 

Michelle Payne on her way to winning the 2015 Melbourne cup
Michelle Payne on her way to winning the 2015 Melbourne cup Photo:Randy Slade

For the first in its history, Michelle Payne has become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup after riding outsider Prince of Penzance to victory at Flemington few moments ago.The $86 outsider, trained by Darren Weir, stormed to the finish line to beat English stayer Max Dynamite, with Australian weight-for-age star Criterion finishing in third place. Veteran galloper Red Cadeaux, who had ran second three times in the race, pulled up distressed. Fame Game started a warm favourite for the race ahead of Trip to Paris and Preferment. Prince of Penzance Victorian-trained stayer is one of the longest priced winners in the 155-year history of the Melbourne Cup. Michelle Payne, who has had a long association with the six-year-old horse, said she laid in bed the night before the race dreaming of winning the Cup. “It’s like a dream come true, this horse is awesome,” Payne said after the race. “What he has been through, unbelievable training to get him here like this today. ‘This is everybody’s dream as a jockey in Australia and now probably the world.”

A section of the crowd that attended 2015 Melbourne cup
A section of the crowd that attended 2015 Melbourne cup Photo:Randy Slade
Catch me if you can - Michelle Payne leads the race
Catch me if you can – Michelle Payne leads the race:Photo Randy Slade

It was a first Melbourne Cup for Victoria’s champion trainer Darren Weir.It is a special moment for Payne who is the youngest of 10 children whose family is steeped in racing.Her brother Patrick was a Cox Plate-winning jockey.She is the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner and was having her second ride in the great race.Her only other ride was aboard Allez Wonder who finished 16th in 2009.There was more post-race drama with old marvel Red Cadeaux being pulled up in distress.His jockey Gerald Mosse walked back to the mounting yard in an emotional state.It is believed Red Cadeaux has had his off foreleg heavily bandaged and was taken to the Werribee veterinary clinic.A capacity 24-horse field contested the $6 million Cup in front of a huge crowd at Flemington racecourse.The sun was shining as racegoers arrived at Flemington with temperatures of 22C predicted.Earlier in the day, Australian media was saying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull isn’t a betting man but later turned out, for the race that stops a nation, he tipped Irish horse Bondi Beach to win the Cup, but pulled Red Cadeaux in his office sweep.

Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to victory in the Melbourne Cup.
Michelle Payne was wearing green, purple and white, the colours of International Women’s Day.After all it wasn’t a bad coincidence: photo Randy Slade
Flemington racing course with spectacular view of Melbourne CBD
Flemington racing course with spectacular view of Melbourne CBD – Photo Randy slade

Steven Payne was jubilant in the mounting yard as he summed up his sister Michelle’s efforts aboard Prince Of Penzance, saying it was a “10 out of 10″ ride. Steven who has Down syndrome, was responsible for drawing Prince Of Penzance’s number one barrier and correctly predicted the horse would be “in front at 200 metres to go”.”I’ve finally got one on the hands,” he said. “Thank you very much, everybody. To all of the crowd today at the races. I hope you have a great night. Thank you very much.”Steven’s involvement in the Melbourne Cup continues a rich family tradition in the sport eight of his nine siblings have worked as jockeys.”It was a dream come through to pick barrier one. I’m so excited that I could get the job done for him today,” Michelle said of “Stevie” during her victory speech. Zac Purton said he knew he was in trouble a long way out on the favourite Fame Game because it was such a slowly run race.Six jockeys were interviewed after the race over severe interference at the 300m mark which almost saw Jim Cassidy fall aboard Grand Marshal.No doubt Long shot Prince of Penzance has pulled off a Melbourne Cup shock of the century at Flemington and in the process making jockey Michelle Payne make history as the first female to salute in Australia’s biggest race and Southern Hemisphere biggest Horse racing event.

Michelle Payne celebrates after winning 155th Melbourne Cup
Michelle Payne celebrates after winning 155th Melbourne Cup Photo Randy Slade

The 2015 Melbourne cup finishing order

1. Prince of Penzance
2. Max Dyanmite
3 Criterion
4 Trip To Paris
5 Big Orange
6 Gust Of Wind
7 Excess Knowledge
8 The Offer
9 Quest For More
10 Our Ivanhowe
11 Who Shot Thebarman
12 Sertorius
13 Fame Game
14 The United States
15 Hartnell
16 Bondi Beach
17 Hokko Brave
18 Almoonqith
19 Kingfisher
20 Preferment
21 Grand Marshal
22 Sky Hunter
23 Snow Sky
24 Red Cadeaux (Pulled up)

155th Melbourne cup race was all set from morning hours Melbourne time Photo Randy Slade
155th Melbourne cup race was all set from morning hours Melbourne time Photo Randy Slade