Payne's win proves female jockeys every bit a match for men

SO WHAT can we take out of this year's Melbourne Cup?

Well Michelle Payne showed all the doubters that a female has the skill and toughness to win the great race with a superb ride on rank outsider Prince of Penzance.

The colours that she carried to victory coincidentally are the colours of the Suffragette Movement.

This win will hopefully encourage more trainers and owners to look at the talented female riders currently plying their trade at our major tracks.

We also saw a very touching moment after the race when Payne met Prince of Penzance's strapper who just happened to be her brother.

This is no ordinary partnership as strapper Stevie has Down Syndrome.

He has not let this genetic disorder hamper his love for horses in any way and has been associated with winning Cup trainer Darren Weir now for close to a decade.

Stevie was also entrusted with the job of picking the barrier draw number and he came up with barrier one.

While no one knocked the winner, a lot of seasoned punters were angry at the track bias that allows for the leading horses to have a greater advantage.

For those that happened to pick this long shot, and I think most of you were female punters, then your return was a very huge surprise.


Early surprises

THE English Premier League season is just 11 games old but already we are seeing some teams fulfil their early season promise and some teams fall by the wayside.

If you support Manchester City or Arsenal then I think you would be smiling at the moment

If you're a Leicester City fan then your team has really hit the ground running with only one loss this season so far.

Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham hold the next few positions and are all still in the hunt for the title.

Seventh placed Southampton and eighth placed Liverpool have both lost only two games, but have drawn several of their games and must start converting more draws into victories if they wish to climb the ladder.

The biggest shock and the most disappointing team so far this year is last year's champions Chelsea, who are languishing in 15th position.

Last year Chelsea lost only three games for the entire season.

This season so far after only 12 games they have lost six.

If you support Newcastle, Sunderland or Aston Villa you will hope your team climbs out of the relegation zone.

With 27 rounds to go I am sure we are still in for some twists and turns before season's end.


Quick Thoughts

Bomber's bouquet 1: Well the All Blacks are the World Cup Champions but I must praise the Wallabies for a sterling tournament. Both countries played attacking football and a great game was witnessed.

Bomber's bouquet 2: The NRL has knocked back the application for serial offender John Hopoate to coach the Manly U18 side. Correct decision I think.

Bomber's bouquet 3: Champion jockey Jim "Pumper" Cassidy who rode yesterday for the last time. Pumper you were one of the great jockeys of the modern era.

Bomber's beef: San Francisco 49ers treatment of Jarryd Hayne I feel is putting the blame in the wrong direction. Some of the more talented and highly paid teammates have not been seen this year. He will be back.

Bomber's best: Well my tips for the Cup did not fire a shot so I am giving the horses up for a while. I am looking at the HSBC Champions Golf and I suggest you have wager on Kevin Na to finish in the Top 10 @ $3.

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