The whole Sporteluxe team is passionate about supporting women, which is why we loved watching Michelle Payne create Australian sporting history by becoming the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.
Dubbed ‘Princess of the Turf’ after riding the horse Prince of Penzance to win, Payne has proved doubters wrong and became an immediate sensation with her comments about being a female competing in a “chauvinistic sport”.
“To think that Darren Weir has given me a go and it’s such a chauvinistic sport, I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me, and 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 and I can’t say how grateful I am to them,” Payne told Channel Seven after the race. “I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world.”
She added; “I would like to say that, you know, it’s a very male-dominated sport and people think we are not strong enough and all of the rest of it, blah, blah, blah, you know what, it’s not all about strength, there is so much more involved, getting the horse into a rhythm, getting the horse to try for you, it’s being patient and I’m so glad to win Melbourne Cup and hopefully, it will help female jockeys from now on to get more of a go.”
Payne also admitted she had always dreamt of winning the Cup and had often copped “grief” from her friends because it seemed so far fetched. However, by winning ‘the race that stops the nation’, Payne broke down another barrier for female jockeys in a male dominated sport.