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Melissa Doyle with Michelle Payne

She took Australian racing’s ultimate prize, proved the doubters wrong and told them to ‘get stuffed’ anyway.

She smiled her dazzling smile, she hugged her brother Stevie and we all fell in love with Michelle Payne.

When Michelle rode the bush-trained, 100-1 roughie Prince of Penzance past the winning post in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup she confounded a few of the horse’s owners who wanted a bloke to ride the gelding, she smashed through ‘chauvinist’ racing’s glass ceiling and announced a new royal order in the Sport of Kings. Queens rule. With millions of Australians fixed on this pocket powerhouse, the book opened on her extraordinary story.

The nine brothers and sisters, the scarring loss of her mother, a family raised among horses by a battling father, the injury that almost ended her career. The national spotlight was thrown on an amazing and highly-competitive bunch, but there’s a great deal we still don’t know about this trailblazing Aussie.

Sunday Night’s Melissa Doyle sits down with the remarkable Michelle Payne for an extensive interview on the highs, the lows and the secrets that have taken her to the top of her game.

This episode of SUNDAY NIGHT hosted by Melissa Doyle airs on Sunday at 7pm on Seven.