Remember when ... in 2015

Michelle Payne secures Cup win at 100/1.

Assessing the 2015 Melbourne Cup (G1) form, one could be forgiven for skipping over the rank outsider, Prince of Penzance. Trained by Darren Weir and ridden by Michelle Payne, he was not in the tipsters’ top selections, but for Michelle Payne he wasn’t the worst. In fact Payne and ‘the Prince’ had formed quite a bond over the months leading into the race and despite some alternative views, Michelle retained the ride. A pole position draw (barrier one) was certainly desirable, and the pattern for racing that day and a perfect run throughout had the unlikely challenger, looming to the front at the top of the straight.

The rider who had stated as a young girl, ‘all I want to do is win the Melbourne Cup’, was only metres from making a dream become reality. As they crossed the line it brought punters to look down the page and do a double take on the colours to see who the winner was. Even Michelle’s sisters would all look at each and say, ‘Michelle has won it!’, half in excitement and half in amazement. Two of Michelle’s brothers-in-law, Brett Prebble and Kerrin McEvoy, both Cup winners in their own right, were also competing in the race. The fairytale story was enough for Rachel Griffiths and Richard Keddie to bring to life Ride Like a Girl, an award-winning film which appealed to a broad cross section of the community.

The victory would prove the fourth 100/1 winner of the Melbourne Cup (G1). Others were The Pearl (1861), Wotan (1936) and Old Rowley (1940).