Let’s forget about the the storm that erupted this morning following champion jockey Glen Boss’ comments in The Daily Telegraph regarding Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup win, and lets focus instead on her remakable achievement.
She won the greatest staying race in the world; she did it on a 100/1 shot; she beat 23 of the world’s best jockeys, all male; and she created history in the 155th running of the great race.
The Boss kerfuffle this morning is a disappointing sideshow to what is one of the great stories of Australia’s most famous race.
Boss was slammed across media for published comments suggesting Payne would regret her post-Cup comments regarding chauvinism in racing, and argued forcefully—on social media, on radio and at the track today—that he was not only taken out of context but had been lavish in his praise of Payne’s achievements, and not just her historic Cup win.
What has been lost in all of this is what Payne sought to achieve in her raw, emotional summary of the Melbourne Cup win—it was a brutally honest account of her journey and her comments and her story should
not be manipulated or exploited. Her joy and her honesty are rare to behold in the intense professionalism of sport and in the euphoria of victory she let it all hang loose.
Yes, Payne was the first female to ride the winner of the Cup and yes she has been subjected to sexism at times ...