Payne and glory

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The Mel­bourne Cup is billed as the race that stops two na­tions – Aus­tralia and New Zealand. But it is also now stop­ping plenty of other peo­ple around the world as the event be­comes a truly in­ter­na­tional race.

Overseas-bred horses now dom­i­nate the Cup field each year and are hav­ing reg­u­lar suc­cess. Amer­i­cain (2010 win­ner) and Du­naden (2011) were pre­pared in France, and Pro­tec­tion­ist (2014) was trained in Ger­many. Last year’s win­ner Al­mandin was also bred and trained in Ger­many. Al­mandin is ex­pected to line up in this year’s race and is strongly tipped to win again.

The race, first held in 1861, has been won only once by a woman jockey. This was in 2015 when Michelle Payne rode the New Zealand-bred Prince of Pen­zance to vic­tory.

Michelle Payne rode Prince of Pen­zance to vic­tory in the 2015 Mel­bourne Cup.

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