This will bring tears to your eyes: the story of the Aussie battlers who finally won 230



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Much has been said about yesterday’s race so far, but this beautiful editorial sums it up so perfectly we just had to share it.

By now you’ve heart plenty about the horse – the 100-to-one horse – that defied the odds and won big; a last-chance bet among mates who hoped they might win at some country fair but ended up taking out the biggest prize of all.

But did you know the story behind Michelle Payne, who we are proud to repeat over and over again has become the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup? We saw glimpses of her beautiful family, her sisters who rushed to embrace her, her brother Stevie, so proud to be awarded the strapper’s honour.

What we didn’t know at that moment was that she came from a family that did it tough – as tough as can be. Her story is a true case of the little red engine that could.

Another battler in the tale is the trainer from Ballarat, a town that will be celebrating the wins for years and years. The wins that stayed in this country instead of being floated off to another.

Watch this short speech here and tell us, what will you remember about this year’s Melbourne Cup?

Melbourne Cup 2015EDITORIAL: This years MELBOURNE CUP was a win on so many levels for people who never give up.

Posted by Paul Murray LIVE on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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  1. I’m so happy for Michelle and her high functioning Down syndrome brother Stevie who is also the strapper, what a beautiful story and well deserved.

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    • No I worked with these kids for more than 23 years and believe me there is a huge difference, thank you.
      Why does it offend you? When it doesn’t offend their families or those who work with them.

  2. What a win!! First female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup… history in the making!!. The presentation just brought me to tears when the presented Stevie with a mini cup!!

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  3. If I was a movie script writer I would be moving quickly on this amazing story. There’s much more to this extraordinary family. Will rival Pharlap.

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    • the story of Damian Oliver in The Cup when he lost his father and brother to a riding accident and went on to win the Cup in 2002. Was on tv last week. This would be a wonderful movie. hope it is made by Aussie filmmaker though and has all Aussie stars.

  4. I’ve witnessed a lot of ‘firsts’ in my life time and this one is no less significant than man walking on the moon! Certainly, it’s a story about ‘winning’ but the fact that it was a horse race is the least important. It’s a story of love, belief, tenacity, adversity, joy and a whole lot of other adjectives that would describe this event as what depicts the true ‘Aussie spirit’!

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    • Truly wonderful aye Sue. You made tears come , silly me. But you can not help feel so much for this kid aye.ha, & I am a Kiwi

    • Sally Taylor I’m a ‘surrogate’ Kiwi – both my sons were born in Wellington! Just like watching the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup (I stayed up till 4.00 am) – no less an achievement for either team. The achievement for this young woman and all those who participated – right down from a Kiwi bred horse purchased for $50,000 to a Melbourne Cup win was an uplifting example of the good things in our world.

    • I could not agree more but what about the connections who did not think she was good enough…hope they feel really ashamed of themselves and apologise to Michelle and Stevie. Totally un Australian.

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