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Jockey breeches worn by Michelle Payne when she won the 2015 Melbourne Cup framed with replica colours

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Jockey breeches worn by Michelle Payne when she won the 2015 Melbourne Cup framed with replica colours

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Physical description

Jockey breeches worn by Michelle Payne when she won the 2015 Melbourne Cup. The white jockey breeches are signed 'Michelle Payne / 2015 / # POP' in black marker under black printed text that reads 'LUCRF / SUPER'. Each leg of the breeches has 'M.J.Payne' printed on them. The breeches are housed in a black frame with replica Prince of Penzance jockey colours including a shirt that is purple, white and green, and a green cap. The breeches and colours are mounted on a background that is printed with photographs of the 2015 Melbourne cup and that has a title at the top which reads '... IT'S HISTORY AT FLEMINGTON / MICHELLE PAYNE, THE FIRST FEMALE JOCKEY TO WIN THE MELBOURNE CUP ...'.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of a pair of white silk jockey breeches, signed 'Michelle Payne / 2015 / # POP', and a replica set of Prince of Penzance jockey colours framed together with photographs of jockey Michelle Payne and racehorse Prince of Penzance winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. The signed breeches were donated to the National Jockeys Trust by Payne following the 2015 Melbourne Cup and then framed and auctioned by the Trust in 2016.

The first two-mile Melbourne Cup race took place in 1861, and quickly became Australia's premier annual horseracing event. The event and industry continue to be male dominated. Maree Lyndon was the first female jockey to ride in the Melbourne Cup, placing 20th on Argonaut Style in 1987. Michelle Payne rode Prince of Penzance to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup, starting from barrier one, carrying a weight of 53 kg, at odds of 100 to 1. As the first female jockey ever to win the Melbourne Cup, Payne attracted significant public attention and many accolades.

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