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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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Prince Of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, has taken out the 2015 Melbourne Cup, narrowly beating Max Dynamite and Criterion.

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The win makes Payne the first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup.

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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?

Michelle's brother Stevie, who has Down syndrome, was the strapper for Prince Of Penzance, and after the race he was pretty pumped.

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"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

But the win was marred by news that one of the race favourites, Red Cadeaux, had pulled up lame before the finish line.

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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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