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The Sportsman Weekend - - News - with Ray Hick­son

Cup dreams

MICHELLE Payne plans to join the many train­ers look­ing in­ter­na­tional for a Mel­bourne Cup run­ner as she hopes to find a horse to both train and ride in the 2017 Cup.

The 2015 Cup win­ning rider is one of six dual-li­censed jock­eys in Vic­to­ria and she’s plan­ning to slowly tran­si­tion to the train­ing side of rac­ing.

Payne will be for a new syn­di­cate, Women’s Rac­ing, and she’s teamed up with Aus­tralian Thoroughbred Blood­stock’s Dar­ren Dance to source an in­ter­na­tional Cup contender.

“My plan is hope­fully in June or July head over to Europe and find my­self a horse for the Mel­bourne Cup,” Payne said.

“The plan would be to ride and train that my­self

I don’t think it could get any­more spe­cial than that.”

Payne has trained the lightly raced Duke Of Not­ting­ham to two coun­try Vic­to­rian wins in the past month or so.

Be­r­i­man de­buts

WHILE on dual li­censed jock­eys, Jackie Be­r­i­man will have her first run­ner as a trainer at Cranbourne tonight.

Three-year-old Stars on forty five will make his de­but in the open­ing race though Be­r­i­man won’t be in the sad­dle.

Stew­ards notes

RAC­ING NSW stew­ards have given jockey Chris­tian Reith per­mis­sion to ride Le Cordon Bleu 1kg over at 54kg in to­mor­row’s Can­ter­bury Clas­sic.

No suit­able rider could be found to ride at 53kg.

In the same race, jockey Stephen Baster has been en­gaged on both Den­purr and Weatherly but will ride the lat­ter if the colt, sec­ond emer­gency for race, gains a start.

Also in re­la­tion to the Snow­den sta­ble, Spend­ing To Win (which is en­gaged in race two) has un­der­gone a tie-back op­er­a­tion since its last run back in July.

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