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Payne becomes first ever female Melbourne Cup winner

November 3, 2015 4:44 am

Michelle Payne has become the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner.

The jockey realised the dream when 100-1 New Zealand-bred outsider Prince of Penzance won the big race at Flemington on Tuesday.

Payne, whose family orginally came from New Zealand, rode a brilliant tactical race to upset the international raiders for Melbourne trainer Darren Weir.

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Irish visitor Max Dynamite finished second for renowned trainer Willie Mullins and Criterion, owned by New Zealand millionaire Sir Owen Glenn, was third.

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