• Melbourne Cup 2015: Paddy Payne says hard work was the answer for Michelle Payne

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Older brother and mentor Patrick Payne admits that when he was watching Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup he was more concerned about his now-famous sister not running into trouble than creating history .
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    Payne, 40, while understandably elated at Michelle Payne’s Cup victory, maintains there were some anxious moments in the early stages of the $6.2 million handicap.

    “I knew Prince Of Penzance was a hard-pulling bloke and I could see them slowing up in front and I thought ‘Oh heck, hold on Michelle, because there’s every chance you could clip the heels of the one in front’.”

    “But after half the race was gone, I knew she was OK and she suddenly crept forward and the rest was history.”

    Payne says that his youngest sister, the baby of the household, was the least athletic of her seven sisters. “To be honest, we all could run a bit. Cathy was a good netballer and Marie was terrific at all sports, but I’ve got to be honest, Michelle looked like a baby elephant,” he said.

    “I’d take her to the running races at school and she’d run last. I said ‘What is it? We’re all good athletes except you. She just shrugged her shoulders.”

    But the former champion jockey believes Michelle’s lack of sporting ability made her push herself harder.

    “What a lot of people don’t understand is that jockeys need serious fitness. And when you get to that level of fitness, it helps your level of confidence so much that your riding gets better,” he said.

    “You have no idea how hard Michelle worked on her fitness. Walking or running or whatever, she just did it to get better. I said to her about three months ago, ‘Michelle, you’re looking better than you ever have before, are you doing anything different?’ And she told me that she’d just started a new fitness plan and that it was working perfectly.

    “But I’m more proud of Michelle for the hard work she put in establishing herself. It’s not easy, I know first hand. I’ve got five other sisters who worked and worked to become jockeys, and Michelle was no different.”

    Payne said he couldn’t help smiling at his younger brother Stevie when he went up to pick the barrier for Prince Of Penzance on Saturday night.

    “I could see that cheeky grin on his face. He was desperate to get No.1 and when he picked up the No.1 trophy, I laughed and laughed. I think he’s become a national treasure.”

    Payne believes his father Paddy snr had his share in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup. Overcoming a triple bypass, the head of the family of 10 children made time for all of the children, according to Payne, all of the time.

    “He never let us get ahead of ourselves. You’d ride a treble at Caulfield but he’d make sure your head didn’t get too big, but at the same time he was the first one there when you couldn’t ride a winner anywhere.

    “You know, Dad could see one of the girls had had their heart broken when they’d split up with a boy. He’d be on the phone and send Stevie around to stay with them for a week or two to make sure they were OK.

    “We are a big family and for as long as I can remember we’re either fighting each other or loving each other, but we’re always there for each other.”

    Michelle may have been the baby elephant of the athletics track but she’s done something none of her family, or gender, have ever done and that’s bring home a Melbourne Cup.

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