Anh Do’s ABC show Anh’s Brush With Fame has had 10 incredible celebrities sign up for season five of the show, with Tuesday night seeing Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne make her appearance on the show.
Recounting her victorious win in a promo posted to Facebook, both Michelle and Anh get emotional thinking back to that spectacular, history making moment in 2015.
“I could take you through every step of that race,” a beaming Michelle tells the artist, after he asked her to take him back to that very moment where it all kicked off behind the barriers.
“It’s so embedded in my brain because you’re so focused on your job,” she explained. “That’s sort of the time where I say, you know, have … have a little prayer and say, you know, ‘Look after me out there’.”
“We were ready to go and the gates crashed open and Prince walked out of the barriers,” she laughs. His first step was like a walkout. And I was like, ‘Oh, we’ve missed the start in the Melbourne Cup’.”
Michelle then explains how she had to make sure her horse Prince got into the right position following their rocky start.
For Prince to get into the inside of the track, she explained that it was “dangerous, but thankfully it worked out pretty well”.
“From that point onwards I just had to get him to settle as best as I could. It’s a two mile race. It’s a gruelling test of any horse.”
“I had about a split second to take the chance, to take that gap,” she explained, which led to her history making win.
“It all actually worked out just perfectly, like it was meant to be. This is my dream from years and years from when I was five years old. Here I was, about to win the Melbourne Cup. I think the last 200 metres he didn’t even have to feel me on his back, I was floating.”
“It was just the most incredible feeling you could ever imagine in your life. When I went over the line I was just, numb. All my dreams had come true.”
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“Wow,” was all an emotion-stricken Anh was able to let out. “I see that, even you retelling it, how it affects you.”
He asked how it was for Michelle to then see Stevie, her brother, after the huge moment.
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“It was incredible, when Stevie met me at the top of the race, I leant down to pat him on the shoulder, and it was just hard to believe,” she said.
“I was just laughing inwardly to myself thinking, ‘Here we are, the two little kids of the family, on the main stage of the biggest race in Australia.’ It was phenomenal.”
Michelle went on to say how happy she was to see her brother when she finally dismounted Prince, telling him, ‘Mate, this is all you drawing barrier one.’
“That’s a massive part of it. So it wouldn’t have happened without him.”
“You love him very much don’t you?” Anh asked.
“You can’t not love him,” Michelle replies. “Everybody falls in love with Stevie when they meet him.”
Michelle Payne was the first and only female jockey to win the event.
During the same promo for the episode, Anh explains how she used the spotlight to highlight gender inequality in the sport.
“It’s such a chauvinistic sport,” Michelle explained in a throwback. “Some of the owners were keen to kick me off Prince and I just want to say to everyone else, get stuffed ’cause they think that women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.”
Anh’s Brush With Fame airs Tuesday 8pm.