Michelle Payne Jockey Of The Month June 2016
Jockey Of The Month - Michelle Payne
Michelle Payne has returned to Twitter, after a week in hospital following her fall at Mildura, which must be a good sign of her returning health.
With all the talk of early retirement following this nasty injury and race fall, BetsFree has decided to make Michelle our BetsFree Jockey of the Month in June. Being the first female jockey to ever win the Melbourne Cup continues to elevate Michelle into the ranks of celebrity across the nation. She has always been an honest toiler on the track, and has never lacked for courage or horse sense.
Michelle Payne – BetsFree Jockey of the Month: June 2016
Michelle Payne’s sister, Therese Patton, has informed the media that the Payne family are hoping that the fall and injury will entice her to retire, whilst at the top of her game. Brother Patrick, the trainer of the horse Michelle was riding at Mildura (ironically called Dutch Courage), reiterates the family sentiment on the issue, but confirms that Michelle was having none of it. Hard as a cat’s head, despite the many injuries she has suffered from race falls during her career, Michelle seems determined to carry on.
In this injury she has suffered damage to her pancreas, and doctors have been concerned about her condition. Previously, she has suffered a fractured skull and bruising to the brain in 2004, and in 2012 Michelle broke four vertebrae and ribs in another race fall.
Michelle Payne is the youngest of ten Payne children, and the entire family has been heavily involved in horse racing for many years. Darren Weir, the nation’s most winning trainer so far this season, is the trainer of Melbourne Cup winner, Prince Of Penzance, the horse that Michelle rode to victory in the race that stops a nation. Michelle Payne had ridden two winners and two second placings at the Mildura meet before her race fall. Michelle rode Prince Of Penzance into second place at Morphettville ten days ago over 1600m in the Robert & Fay Gerard R A Lee Stakes, in the champion horses return to racing.
If anyone has begun to break through the glass ceiling of horse racing, in terms of gender discrimination, it is Michelle Payne. BetsFree salutes Michelle Payne, as our Jockey of the Month; and whatever she decides to do re-her career, we support her decision one hundred percent. At thirty years of age, with a Melbourne Cup under her belt, the world is her oyster in many ways, whatever direction she decides to head in.