Historical Day At Melbourne Cup As Racing Glass Ceiling Shatters

The Melbourne Cup just broke a tradition that stood for its 155-year history.

Michelle Payne became the first woman ever to win the prestigious Melbourne Cup after her horse Prince of Penzance galloped her to victory this morning.

The 30-year-old Aussie silenced her critics after an amazing finish in a race typically dominated by male jockeys. After winning the race, Payne suggested her critics "get stuffed."

“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 ... 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. Because, I believe that we sort of don’t get enough of a go and hopefully this will help.”

In the 155-year history of Melbourne Cup, Payne is the only fourth woman to have ever participated.

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