Michelle Payne on Prince of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup.
Michelle Payne on Prince of Penzance in the Melbourne Cup. AAP

Michelle Payne first woman to win the Melbourne Cup

MICHELLE Payne has created history at the 2015 Melbourne Cup by winning on a $101-1 odds outsider Prince of Penzance.

Payne was the only female jockey in the race.

Michelle Payne experienced the thrill of riding a Cummings-trained horse in the Melbourne Cup. She rode Allez Wonder in 2009, finishing 16th behind Shocking.

"This is just awesome,'' a jubilant Hayne said after winning the Melbourne Cup.

"He just burst to the front and was powering to the line.

"It's just unbelievable.''

Payne rode Darren Weir-trained outsider Prince Of Penzance, originally rated a $71 chance after finishing a close second to The United States in the recent Moonee Valley Cup.

Payne  has ridden the horse in all bar one of its 23 race starts, and Weir said he was hoping for a top 10 finish.

"Michelle knows the horse really well. She's ridden him for most of his career. From the good gate (barrier one) he should be sixth, seventh or eighth. Give him a chance to balance-up and hopefully he can run top 10," he said.

Opportunities for women jockeys in the Melbourne Cup are few and far between.

New Zealander Maree Lyndon was the first to ride in the great race, coming in second last on Argonaut Style in 1987.

The first Australian female to get a shot was highly talented South Australian Clare Lindop who was unplaced on outsider Debben in 2003.

Lindop's ability was recognised by the late Bart Cummings in 2008 when he gave her the ride on Moatize. The galloper finished a creditable sixth.

Early favourites to win Cup

TRIP to Paris, Preferment, Fame Game, Criterion and Who Shot the barman have emerged as the punters' favourites to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

The latest information from TAB.com.au reveals in order of amount invested.

Trip To Paris (19%)

Preferment (11%)

Fame Game (10%)

Criterion (7%)

Who Shot The barman (6%)


But other horses that are firming with punters include Max Dynamite $12-$10;  Excess Knowledge $35-$26 and Who Shot Thebarman $21-$19.

Cup favourite from yesterday Fame Game has drifted in betting, now offering Fame Game $4.40-$5; Almoonquith $19-$21 and The United States $19-$21.

There have been some big bets placed on Trip to Paris, Grand Marshal, and Criterion.

$5,000 each way @ $41/$11 Grand Marshal

$5,000 @ $7 Trip To Paris

$2,500 @ $19 Criterion

$2,000 @ $19 Criterion

$2,000 @ $17 Criterion

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MELBOURNE CUP: History heavily against Japanese raider

THE weight of history is against Fame Game in his bid to become the second horse from Japan to take out the Melbourne Cup.

In the past 40 years, 64 Cup runners have carried 57kg or more, with only three of them - Think Big (58.5kg in 1975), Gold And Black (57kg in 1977) and Makybe Diva (58kg in 2005) - able to shoulder those imposts to victory.

Seven of the past nine winners have carried between 54.5kg and 56.5kg, the weight range of numbers four (Our Ivanhowe, 56kg) down to 11 (Who Shot Thebarman, 54.5kg) in this year's race.

Not only will Fame Game have to be every bit as good as his Japanese form suggests he is, topweight Snow Sky (58kg) and Criterion (57.5kg) will also have to defy history to add their names to the list of winners.


One of the other key factors in trying to come up with the likely winner is the lead-up form. While Snow Sky and Fame Game finished fifth and sixth respectively in the Caulfield Cup at their last starts, Criterion was second in the Cox Plate, a race that has been a better guide to the Melbourne Cup in recent years. While Japanese horse Delta Blues (2006) was the last winner to have his final lead-up race in the Caulfield Cup, four of the past 10 winners have come through the Cox Plate.

Mighty mare Makybe Diva claimed the double in 2005, Efficient finished ninth in 2007 before winning the Cup, Green Moon was seventh in 2012 and Fiorente was runner-up in 2013 before saluting on the first Tuesday in November.

Champion salutes ... Jockey Glen Boss celebrates after winning the Cox Plate on Makybe Diva at Moonee Valley Racecourse in  2005. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith
Champion salutes ... Jockey Glen Boss celebrates after winning the Cox Plate on Makybe Diva at Moonee Valley Racecourse in 2005. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Apart from Criterion, Hartnell (fifth) and Preferment (ninth) also contested this year's Cox Plate and will have plenty of admirers today.

A win by Preferment would see him become just the second horse since Phar Lap (1931) to win the Melbourne Cup 12 months after taking out the Victoria Derby.

The other was Efficient in 1997. History also shows overseas runners have had a clear edge over the locals since Irish stayer Vintage Crop marked the internationalisation of the race by winning in 1993.

What should be taken into account, however, is that no horse since Vintage Crop has been able to win the great race without having had at least one warmup run in Australia.

Perhaps surprisingly, a quarter of this year's field - Big Orange, Max Dynamite, Red Cadeaux, Sky Hunter, Kingfisher and Bondi Beach - will go into the race without the benefit of a lead-up run Down Under.

Plenty of sentimental money will no doubt go on 10-year-old English gelding Red Cadeaux.

This will be his fifth start in the Cup, having finished second three times, and he would go into the record books as the oldest winner of the race if he was successful today.



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