Training treble for Aussie pioneer– and she rides two of them herself
Australia: Without causing the ripples that followed her historic Melbourne Cup triumph, Michelle Payne made another splash when she sent out her first treble as a trainer on Monday [Oct 19].
Payne, the only person to hold a dual trainer/jockey licence in Victoria, registered wins with Think Champayne, Argus and Cape Victory at the Mornington meeting, riding two of them herself – a first-time feat in the state.
“It’s really nice,” Payne told Racing.com. “We’ve got a great team at home and they work really hard.
“It (training) has got its challenges but I love training on the farm at home in Ballarat, Stevie (Payne’s brother) is there every day and it’s a really good environment.”
The pioneering Payne, 35, became the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne Cup when she steered 100-1 shot Prince Of Penzance to victory in 2015.
She took out her training licence in 2016 and has trained 33 winners, nearly all of them on the country circuit. She has ridden 763 career winners.