First female jockey wins Australia’s biggest horse race


Sydney (dpa) – Jockey Michelle Payne became the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest horse race, Tuesday.

Payne, 30, was the only female jockey among 24 starters in the 3,200-metre race and only the fourth female jockey in history to ride in the Melbourne Cup.

Her winning horse, Prince of Penzance, was an outsider in the race.

She has been riding the horse in all but one of its 23 race starts.

“It’s a dream come true. It’s fantastic,” she said from her horse in an interview with Channel 7 as she returned to the winner’s circle.

The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s richest races and known as “the race that stops a nation” as Australians all over the country pause at 3pm to watch the 6-million-Australian-dollar (4.3-million-US-dollar) race and place a bet.

The state of Victoria has a national holiday to mark the race.