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First Female Winner of the Melbourne Cup
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First Female Winner of the Melbourne Cup

Australia’s Michelle Payne turned into an overnight superwoman after winning The Melbourne Cup. Dubbed as Australia's most prestigious thoroughbred horse race, Payne is the first female jockey to win at the famous annual event.

The New Zealand-bred thoroughbred, Prince of Penzance was the runner who captured the Cup. Even though he is an outsider, he beat Australian-bred, French Horse Max to the second position. Michelle Payne in a post-race interview pointed out that winning this race was every Australian jockeys dream.

30-year-old Payne is still reeling from shocker that both she and her sister knew that she would win, and winning just crowned their thoughts. Punters who placed free bets were both shocked and happy for the lady jockey after the race. There was much praise given to her on social media which showed that everyone was keen to be a part of history.

The Winning Lady

Michelle Payne is the fourth female jockey to participate in the tournament, despite its long 155 year history. Payne remembered to give respect where it's due; she thanked and praised her horse’s trainer, Darren Weir. She also thanked Prince of Penzance owner, John Richards for providing his support.

Payne is nothing short of an iconic woman as she managed to fight her way back into the racing world after overcoming life-threatening injuries. She sustained these injuries during her career as a professional jockey.

Michelle dedicated her win to all woman, and she said that she hopes women everywhere will be inspired that they can do everything that men can do.

Payne was quick to remind us that being a jockey and running a horse requires patience, getting into the rhythm with the horse and connecting on a mutual trust level.

The Other Runners

Punters, on the other hand, were quick to pass their heartfelt messages for runner Red Cadeaux. The horse broke down just before the finish line and sustained an injury on one leg. Thankfully, officials said that they believe the injury is not life threatening.

Horse racing enthusiasts and avid bettors flock free-bets sites in Australia to give her the chance at what many believed to be almost impossible. In the same race, Jamie Spencer was suspended for a fortnight after interfering with Big-Orange, a Brit trained runner who finished in fifth place.

Given the race forms and daily results aspects, a sizeble number of punters placed free-bets for Japan’s Fame Game. The horse was put as the favorite to win the Melbourne Cup. However, Payne and the Prince of Penzance beat the odds of 100-1, toppling many people’s expectations.

A Walk Through Michelle Payne’s Life

Her family is deeply entrenched in horse racing. Payne is the youngest child, the tenth born in the family. She was raised by her father on an Australian farm after her mother died when she was only six months old.

Punters who favored Payne with free bets were right to do so as eight of her older siblings have all been jockeys. Prince of Penzance owner is proud that his horse was able to win the purse prize of $3.6 million. He is even more pleased that his horse carried the female jockey to victory!


Given the turn of events and a surprising victory for a woman rider, we know that many horse enthusiasts will turn their attention to potentially favoring women when it comes to free bets in Australia. Women all over are beginning to realize that they have a platform to showcase their ability in what most believe is a male dominated sport.

We hope that this is not the end of the journey for Payne, and she will continue accumulating more big wins.


About the Author

John Hawthorne grew up around horses and took a liking to them. John started riding at the age of six years and has been fascinated ever since by the horse racing since. Thanks to his enthusiasm in the sport, John spends time researching more about horse racing and writes regular columns about it for www.freebookmakersbetsandbonuses.com.au.

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