Michelle Payne back in winner’s stall

Former top jockey turned trainer, Patrick Payne, provided little sister Michelle with her first winner since returning to race riding after receiving serious injuries in a fall at Donald three months ago.

The Patrick Payne trained No Song No Super was able to win for Michelle in the Tramp Bar 0-62 Handiap (2107) at Kilmore today  giving the Group 1 winning jockey her first success after returning to the saddle at Donald last Sunday.

“He’s a great supporter of mine, I really appreciate the support he does give me and it’s good to be back a winner,” Michelle Payne said.

Michelle’s injuries included five fractured vertebrae and several broken ribs and she had to put in plenty of hard work for her return with several barrier trial sessions and bravely fronted up to Donald for four rides, the track where she sustained her injuries that put her on the sideline.

Today’s win put a smile on her face and the popular jockey is back riding just in time to partner her favourite mare Yosei who kicks off her Spring campaign in the Group 3 $150,000 K S Environmental Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

“She’s stepping out first up on Saturday and she’s going really well so looking forward to reuniting with her,” Michelle said.

Michelle Payne has won three Group 1 races on the Stuart Webb trained mare, the 2010 $300,000 Inglis Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Randwick, the 2010 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield and the 2011 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

And Payne was also able to ride a Group 1 winner for the master, Bart Cummings when Allez Wonder took out the 2009 $350,000 David Jones Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.