THE WEEK THAT WAS: Payne and 'stuffering'

Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to win the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.
Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to win the Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images.

WELL, wasn't that a Melbourne Cup to remember ... While the champagne was flowing certain so-called "chauvinistic" elements of horse racing were getting told to put a cork in it.

How refreshing was it to see Michelle Payne ride home rank outsider Prince of Penzance to become the first female jockey to win the 'race that stops a nation'.

She won more than just the Cup on Tuesday, but also legions of fans for her outspoken remarks after the triumph directed at some of the horse's owners who had been "keen to kick me off" because of her gender.

In the immortal words of Darryl Kerrigan from classic Aussie comedy The Castle, she would tell them to "get stuffed".


 IT WAS along the lines of Andrew Bogut's comments after he won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors despite seeing little game time in the 2014-15 finals series.

"You get that ring on your finger, and you can raise that finger to anyone who has any more criticisms of you," the Aussie centre said.

And let's not forget Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams after the Power won the 2004 AFL flag, telling the club's major sponsor Allan Scott, who had wanted him removed as coach, "Allan Scott … You were wrong!".


Michelle Payne  at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.
Michelle Payne at Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.


 PAYNE, of course, owes it all to her father, Paddy, who himself is a bit of a legend of the racing industry and was forced to raise 10 kids on his own after the death of his wife Mary.

The old man was suitably chuffed at his youngest daughter's win, though admitted he wasn't always onside with her choosing a career in the saddle.

"She's had some nasty falls, we tried to tell her to give it away but she kept going.

Even now Paddy reckons her daughter should quit while she's ahead. "She's 30 years old, she's been doing it for 15 years, I think it's time for her to give it away."

You don't think she's got another "get stuffed" up her sleeve for dear old dad do you?


 IT MAY have taken 155 years but of the world's biggest race meetings, the Melbourne Cup was first past the post when it comes to the ultimate in equality.

A female jockey is still yet to win England's Epsom Derby, France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the US's Kentucky Derby and the Japan Cup.

One wag on Twitter did acknowledge the lack of questioning of Payne after the race about who she was dressed by.



 TALK about a winning streak. In a week when Payne was earning women respect in horse racing, one man was trying to put the spotlight back on the guys ... the streaker who appeared running around a paddock in the background of a live interview by Channel 7's Sunrise program with Paddy Payne and Prince of Penzance trainer Darren Weir.

It was a nice try but we're afraid the scoreline is still: Women 1 Men 0.




IT MUST be tough when you're as good at something as Cristiano Ronaldo is at scoring goals.  

The Real Madrid superstar and three-time world footballer of the year has scored 504 goals in 760 appearances at the top level, and has been spruking his new biopic 'Ronaldo', which is set to debut in cinemas across the world on Monday night.  

Asked by the BBC's Dan Roan where he thought he sat in relation to the great players, the 30-year-old Portuguese said his statistics told the story.  

"I don't need to say 'I'm in the history of football, I'm a legend'. The numbers say everything. To improve more it's very tough. In my mind, I'm always the best. I don't care what people think, what they say. In my mind, not just this year but always, I'm always the best."  

The nickname FIGJAM comes to mind.  


The All Blacks celebrate winning the World Cup
The All Blacks celebrate winning the World Cup


AUSTRALIA and New Zealand hasn't been so heavily at odds with each other since trying disclaim actor Russell Crowe after the infamous mobile phone-throwing incident of 2005.  

In 2015, we've seen the Kiwis win their country's only rugby league Test in May, before the Aussies reversed that result in both the netball World Cup final and Oceania basketball series in August.  

The All Blacks, however, squared the ledger for their nation in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday morning, meaning it all comes down to the Test cricket series, which began on Thursday.  

We've already beaten them in the one-day World Cup, but to beat the Black Caps wearing the baggy green caps and white uniforms while bowling with red (and later pink) balls would be something else.    



  BRICKBATS  to nine-time world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi who might miss out on No.10 after a brain explosion in last week's Malaysian Grand Prix. The Italian, who holds a seven-point lead over Jorge Lorenzo for the 2015 title, will start from the rear of the grid in this weekend's final race in Valencia after being penalised for kicking rival Marc Marquez off his bike in Malaysia. If Lorenzo wins, Rossi  will have to finish second to become the oldest rider to win the world championship since 1949.  


 BOUQUETS to All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams who gave his rugby World Cup winners' medal to 14-year-old fan Charlie Line after the victory in the final over Australia at Twickenham. The youngster had ran onto the pitch to get some autographs from his heroes, only to be 'smoked' in a tackle by a security guard. SBW was widely praised for his generosity, and also got a replacement medal from officials.  



 HIT: They may have been playing the non-contact sport of basketball, but Perth Wildcats captain Damien Martin  was left with a broken jaw and missing teeth after Townsville Crocodiles skipper Brian Conklin made contact in no uncertain terms with his elbow on Wednesday night.    

 MISS: Speaking of basketball, Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder sank an amazing court-length shot in the last second of the second quarter of his team's NBA clash with the Indiana Pacers… by accident. Because he was inbounding the ball from   out of court it was disallowed.