“They think women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.”

On 3 November 2015 Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, riding Prince of Penzance to victory on 100-1 odds.

The Melbourne Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held in Melbourne, Australia on the first Tuesday in November, and is commonly described as “the race that stops a nation”.

“…it’s such a chauvinistic sport, I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and (owner) John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me. I put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could because I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup. I can’t say how grateful I am to them. I just wanted to say that everyone else get stuffed, because they think women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.”

The 30 year old considered ending her career after a pair of falls in 2012, and says that her retirement may not be too far away.

The Melbourne Cup is often the subject of controversy due to what many see as the cruelties associated with horse racing. [Warning: link has graphic photos/video] In 2013, Melbourne Cup runner Verema was euthanised on the track after breaking her leg during the race.

The Backburner, a satirical comedy site, summed up Australia’s dilemma: Nation Unsure How To Feel As Female Jockey Wins Cruel Race


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