A Fairytale Unfolds On Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
A huge crowd of 101,015 witnessed a dream come true as Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to become the first female jockey to win the Emirates Melbourne Cup and hand champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir his first Cup.
The win was a true fairytale trifecta after Stevie Payne drew the winning barrier on Saturday and his older sister, Michelle, piloted the six year old $101-chance home to win.
The victory secures a place in Australian racing folklore for both Weir and Payne, who has ridden Prince of Penzance in 21 of his 22 starts, and has always believed he could win an Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Simon Love said this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup was truly one to remember.
“The Emirates Melbourne Cup attracts the finest international staying horses as well as thousands of people from interstate and overseas who travel to Melbourne to be part of the race that stops a nation.
“The unlikely win of Darren Weir, Michelle Payne and my good friend Sandy McGregor, the managing owner of Prince of Penzance, is another unforgettable chapter in the rich history of our great race,” Mr Love said.
The popular Birdcage Enclosure was home to a host of celebrities including international guest of the VRC and Emirates, Lady Kitty Spencer, Lleyton and Bec Hewitt and Ricky Ponting at Swisse, Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith in the Myer marquee, and French DJ David Guetta at G.H. Mumm.
Earlier, Concealer (Tony McEvoy) couldn’t hide his intent taking out the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate and Scarlet Billows topped off a magical day for Darren Weir in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes.
At Myer Fashions on the Field, first-time entrant Emily Hunter took out the Women’s Racewear daily final in a navy spot jacquard full skirted dress made by her mother and custom lace and leather millinery by Lisa Schaefer. Emily will compete for the Victorian title and entry into the National Final on Crown Oaks Day.
Helen Manuell took out the prestigious Design Award with a full-skirted neoprene creation featuring a dove grey skirt, white short sleeved top and Jill and Jack Millinery, modelled by Bree Laughlin.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival continues on Thursday with Crown Oaks Day, featuring the Group 1 Crown Oaks and the national final of Myer Fashions on the Field.
Melbourne Cup Carnival tickets are still available for purchase from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on their mobiles, even on raceday. Admission is free for children under 16 accompanied by an adult.