OPINION: Fairytale had the entire nation crying

IT IS not unusual for the tears to flow after any Melbourne Cup.

Who wouldn't be emotional after winning one of the biggest races in the world?

Yesterday it wasn't just the winning jockey crying, it was almost all of Australia as we watched on.

To start with, we had the first ever female jockey to win the cup, in Michelle Payne.

She spoke with so much eloquence and passion we could all be forgiven for tearing up just a little.

Those who held back would have soon joined the misty eyed group when she jumped off her horse and celebrated with her brother, who has Down syndrome.

What a wonderful reunion that was and it was great to hear her brother, Steve, exclaim so proudly that his sister's ride was 10 out of 10.

His instructions to his sister before the race were simply: "don't lose, I have backed you."

Usually after ripping up yet another Melbourne Cup ticket I lose a little interest in the after race celebrations.

Yesterday I was glued to the TV set.

Here was a true fairytale story unfolding across the nation.

Michelle was the youngest of 10 children, raised by her father after her mother died when she was just six months old.

She was also the only female jockey riding in the race and she was on a horse starting at 100/1 that very few thought could win.

Michelle Payne told the crowd in her acceptance speech that she had dreamed of winning the race the night before and had thought about an acceptance speech.

The message we should all take out of the 2015 Melbourne Cup is that we should all dare to dream.

Nothing is impossible.

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