The Melbourne Cup 2015 has been won by Prince of Penzance, making Australian racing history.
Ridden by jockey Michelle Payne and trained by Darren Weir, the New Zealand horse took out the 3,200m ‘race that stops the nation’ to Max Dynamite which came in second place while Criterion ran home third.
Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest race.
Prince of Penzance was a rank outsider, backed by punters at 80/1 with some bookies.
The 2015 Melbourne Cup was the 155th running of the prestigious Australian gallop. It is the world’s richest handicap horse race.
The total prize money in 2015 is AUD$6.2 million which is distributed as 85% to the owner, 10% to the trainer and 5% to the jockey. Connections of the winning horse collect AUD$3.6 million, second place is awarded $900,000, third $450,000, down to $125,000 for tenth place.
FILE IMAGE: Racing at Flemington in Melbourne, Australia. (Via Neale Cousland / Shutterstock.com)