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The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Wed 4 Nov 2020

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50 MELBOURNE CUP WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 NEW mum and former jockey Jess Payne was planning to return to racing but having a Melbourne Cup-winning partner might now change all that. Maybe I wont return to riding now he can pay all the bills and we will have another bub! Payne laughed, after watching Jye McNeil win the $8m Melbourne Cup with his first ride in the great race. It must have been an omen this year when Payne delivered the couples first baby son Oakley on the horses birthday August 1. Three months later, Oakley will have a Melbourne Cup trophy to play with when he isnt busy with his other toys. The coronavirus pandemic has created a weird world and so it was in the couples Melbourne household on Tuesday with parents still unable to visit due to Melbournes ring of steel. Payne is no relation to 2015 Melbourne Cup history maker Michelle Payne although she gets the misconception a lot with people thinking she is a member of the famous family. But there was certainly no confusion in her household just joy when Payne watched on TV with baby Oakley and dogs Ollie and Bester as McNeil achieved every jockeys boyhood dream when winning the Cup on Twilight Payment. I was just in the loungeroom just with Oakley and the dogs, I like to keep it basic just in case I do get emotional, Payne said. I was standing in front of the TV and had Oak in my arms. He didnt cry until the very end, I think he was shock like I was. Of course, Ive been here changing nappies while Jye has been riding the Melbourne Cup winner, but thats what Mums do. Last year I rode on Melbourne Cup day, I think it might have been at Echuca. To go from riding on a Cup Day to all of a sudden being at home on your own with a new baby and watching your partner win the Cup, its just surreal. BEN DORRIES Jess and Oakley in the box seat to cheer Jye to victory Jye McNeil and partner Jess Payne, baby Oakley and dogs Ollie and Bester. Picture: Racing Photos, IT IS fitting that Prince Of Arran now joins the muchloved warrior Red Cadeaux in the Melbourne Cup history books and its uplifting that his extraordinary Cup quest now looks set to continue next year. Australian racings new superwoman, Jamie Kah, couldnt conjure a magic act to launch Prince Of Arran over a wall of horses passing the home turn, with Charlie Fellowes popular UK raider being super unlucky in third. The Melbourne Cup is the nut that Prince Of Arran cant quite crack, running in the placings for the third consecutive year to join Red Cadeaux as a three-time Cup placegetter. He was super unlucky he really deserves it. He just had no luck on the turn, Kah said. Red Cadeaux ran in five Melbourne Cups but Prince Of Arran has done something even the former British champion wasnt able to achieve, and thats run three consecutive Cup placings. Red Cadeauxs runner-up finishes in 2011, 2013 and 2014 were separated by an eighthplaced finish behind Green Moon in 2012. For trainer Fellowes, it was a mixture of pride and disappointment and just about every emotion in between. You cant be gutted running third in the Melbourne Cup. Im not gutted at all, Fellowes said. Im incredibly proud of him. I felt we got our run stopped at a really bad point in the race and the way he was running home at the end, it wouldnt have had to be too much further and we would have given Twilight Payment something to think about. Prince of Arran and Kah not done yet BEN DORRIES TWILIGHT HAS TWILIGHT Payment became the first all-the-way winner of the Melbourne Cup since Might And Power more than two decades ago when he led home an international trifecta in the great race on Tuesday. In an exciting climax to the COVID Cup, Irish stayer Twilight Payment maintained a brutal gallop for a famous win in front of Flemingtons empty grandstands. Jockey Jye McNeil was riding in the race that stops the nation for the first time. And his daring, catch-meif-you-can tactics on Twilight Payment will go down in Cup folklore, just like Jim Cassidys memorable effort on Might And Power in 1997. Im overwhelmed with emotion at the moment. Its a miracle, McNeil said. Its been a lifelong dream to get to this moment, and to get this winner is very surreal. Trainer Joseph OBrien prepared his second Cup win ner in three years, again relegating his father Aidan into second placing with Tiger Moth. For owner Lloyd Williams, it was a record seventh win in a race that has been an obsession since he first won it with Just A Dash in 1981. Twilight Payment ($26) held off the late surge of Tiger Moth ($6.50) to win by a long neck. He ran the Flemington 3200m in 3:17.34 the fourth fastest time in Cup history. 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