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"It's such a chauvinistic sport, I know some owners were keen to kick me off, and John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me, and I put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could because I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup."

MICHELLE, PAYNE - after winning the Melbourne Cup

"I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because they think women aren't strong enough, but we just beat the world."

MICHELLE, PAYNE - after winning the Melbourne Cup