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For The First Time Ever A Female Jockey Has Won The Melbourne Cup

"Everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything."

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"Everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world," Payne said after the race.

The winning jockey said she'd been dreaming of this moment since she was a little girl.

"You do it every year. This is everybody's dream as a jockey in Australia and now probably the world. And I dreamed about it from when I was five."

"There is an interview from my school friends, they were teasing me about, when I was about said, and I said, 'I'm going to win the Melbourne Cup' and they always give me a bit of grief about it and I can't believe we've done it."

And the punters are loving it.

Ride like a girl. That is awesome. What a story. #history #MelbourneCup


For she is the very model of a modern #MelbourneCup jockey

Best racing story I've seen. Lost a pile of dough but couldn't be happier.

I used to hate the #MelbourneCup but ever since a woman won, now I love it. #Wut?


"Such a great ride! Great by Michelle, she needed it. Good luck to all the owners," he told Channel 7 after the race. "It's a great moment, it's a great win, it's a great ride. Ten out of ten!"

Michelle & Stevie Payne proving women & people with disabilities can do anything. Bloody wonderful stuff. #MelbourneCup

The gelding was rushed to Werribee vet with a fetlock injury, with owner Ronald Arculli saying things "didn't look good".

Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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